HAMPTON, NH (AP) — Fireworks shows at a popular New Hampshire beach have been canceled for Memorial Day weekend and will be suspended for several weeks because endangered plovers nest there.
Local officials are hoping to still hold fireworks on July 4 in Hampton Beach, which is near the Massachusetts border. reported the Portsmouth Herald.
Hampton Beach Village District Chairman Chuck Rage said two nests were found on the beach.
Plovers are endangered in New Hampshire and threatened nationally. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Endangered Wildlife Program has been monitoring and protecting breeding plovers and their seashore habitat since 1997.
Sightings of endangered plovers also prompted officials last year to cancel fireworks shows early in the summer season in Hampton Beach. The little bird nests in the sand dunes on Hampton and Seabrook Beaches.
According to the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the number of nests in New Hampshire is expected to hit a new record this year with a total of 16.
The fireworks shows continue as the eggs hatch and the plovers leave their nests on the beach, which could take about a month.
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