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Here in West Marin we are so very fortunate to be a part of a delicate and diverse ecosystem.
Western Snowy Plovers, a small shore bird, attempt to nest here each spring, as they have for thousands of years.
With a total population of approximately 2000 birds along the entire Pacific coast (~5000 birds world-wide), giving them the room and time they need to court, build a nest, mate and raise their young is critical to the survival of the species. Each year at Point Reyes, no more than a dozen chicks survive longer than 28 days after hatching.
Please set a good example for the rest of the state that comes to visit and keep your dog on leash at all times in the National Seashore.
As I have learned the past few years, all local dogs are well behaved and do not chase birds.
So whether you are/were on the board of a prominent local environmental action group, a famous photographer, wrangler of all things radio, emporium owner, Tenured professor or anyone else that lives in West Marin, please set a great example and keep your dog on leash when visiting the seashore.
Not only is it the law, the survival of an entire species of birds depends you!