Sunday night’s fireworks display at Hampton Beach in New Hampshire has been canceled to protect piping plovers, an endangered bird in New Hampshire, officials said.
The piping plovers are nesting in the beach area, according to the Hampton Beach Facebook page. The birds are protected under New Hampshire law, and it is illegal to harm, harass, injure, or kill them.
The piping plover is a small bird with a very short bill, according to the National Audubon Society’s website. The bird’s pale back often matches the white sand beaches and alkali flats that it inhabits.
“Many of its nesting areas are subject to human disturbance or other threats, and it is now considered an endangered or threatened species in all parts of its range,” according to the Audubon Society.
Piping plover nests are roped off on beaches in Hampton and Seabrook so people will not disturb them, The New Hampshire Department of Fish and Game said on its website.
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