Conserve Wildlife: New Jersey's Black Skimmers Survive Hurricane Irene
Black Skimmers liftoff at Seaview Harbor Marina where they survived Hurricane Irene.
Photo Credit: conservewildlifenj.org
Hurricanes and other severe weather can be a matter of life or death for nesting birds. Young chicks are particularly vulnerable, but even adults are at risk in the most extreme storms. Although most of our state’s beach nesting birds have completed the breeding cycle for the season, the majority of the Atlantic coast population of piping plovers and many least terns are in the midst of migration and would have been in the path of Hurricane Irene.