Piping Plovers have been on our minds this last week since we've been reading about them on some of our favorite blogs recently. These cute little shorebirds are unfortunately threatened / endangered (depending on the habitat / population) and several breeding areas, including Cape Cod and Cape Hatteras National Seashore, are off-limits to pedestrians to help protect the species.
Recently the Endangered Species Act itself has become threatened by a proposal from the Bush Administration. The proposal would allow federal agencies to decide on the effects their projects might have on species without expert, outside consultation.
You can help fight this legislation, which does not require Congressional approval, by sending a message to the Secretary of Interior via the National Wildlife Federation website.