Piping Plovers, ROVs, the Coyotes, and the Crows

Mitigate is what it’s called

when beach-lovers and environmentalists barter

so that Off Road Vehicles can ride the sand spits

they’ve ridden forever AND not make it worse for the Piping Plovers.

Build a berm, hire watchers, erect fences, monitor predators.

Sound OK?

Yes, until we get to the part about “removing” the latter,

as in kill the coyote, crow, raccoon, skunk, and fox:

Mitigation run amok is what I call it.


*This 420 Character, 9 Line Poem is written for all the four legged mammals and the Black-backed Gulls and Crows who haven’t (yet) learned to speak for themselves in this Mitigation Scheme: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/daily-prompt-fair/

A piping plover incubating a nest.

piping plover nesting area
piping plover nesting area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

One thought on “(Terribly Unfair* To, Well, You Decide, Dear Reader) Nauset Closure Action and the Piping Plover: What’s This “Mitigation” Business? (A 420 Character 9 Line Poem by Patty)

  1. I’m wondering–just to comment on my own 420–if ALL Endangered Species plans–as in plans to help the ES that are put in place after the endangered designation is made–I wonder if all of them come with accommodations such as “if we kill the foxes that also bother the Piping Plovers will it be okay for us to ride the sand spit”? Trade offs given the seal of approval by administrators–not the writers and passers of– the law. Trade offs that pull the Endangered Species law completely off the whole spirit of the thing. Carbon Offset-like, not that I have any problem with Carbon Offsets, but foxes are NOT coal-fired power plants.


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