Wells Beach is a beautiful place that hosts thousands of visitors each year. Many visitors come in search of sand, sun, and relaxation. However, not all of these visitors arrive by car, by bus, or by rail. Every year numerous animal species flock (or swim) to Wells Beach to take advantage of the area’s natural resources.
One visitor who is perhaps a bit more famous than others is the piping plover. The piping plover is a small, sand-colored bird, that nests and feeds on Wells Beach. The plover is a federally protected species, with a total population of just over 6,500 individuals. They arrive at Wells Beach during the months of March and April and they spend the summer building their nests, mating, and raising their young. They migrate south during late August and September.
On Wells Beach they generally build their nests in the tall grass on the north end of the beach. They are very sensitive to disturbances in their nesting area, and it is usually fenced off to prevent beachgoers from intruding. So if you see them on the beach, please be sure to give them space. They’re not trying to bother anyone and they would like to not be bothered themselves.