Reader's view: Piping plovers should get used to humans
After reading the May 23 story, “Another piping plover on Park Point beach,” one may have wondered: Why are we being told to stay away from the bird? Even though a population may flourish if we are careful to keep our distance, the birds eventually will have to either acquire the ability to share Duluth with humans or leave the area again.
Human and pet activity is the reason for piping plover’s scarce population and endangered label. A species cannot live with human activity unless it obtains the ability to do so on its own. This is something for which the the piping plover is not particularly known.
Although I do believe this is a great issue, isolating piping plovers from people and dogs will hypothetically only cause the same lack in numbers as before. Yes, it is obviously helpful to not chase them away. But it is almost absurd to try to cut them off from human activity cold turkey, even as little contact as a simple photo.
I am sure there are other ideas to try, even if it is to create a more distinct and official reserve for them — or accept that they cannot inhabit the Duluth beaches.