Piping plover birds are located primarily on the northeast coast of the United States and are classified as an endangered species. A unique habit of the feathered creature is that they lay their eggs usually in beach sand. Their egg-laying season takes place around late April or early May.
The eggs start hatching the bird species offspring during late August or early September. In preparation for the births, CBS News states the Army Corp of Engineers has decided to spray glysophate weed killer in order to eradicate dune grass on Long Island beaches that can badly damage the bird’s eggs which, in turn, can kill the piping plover’s offspring.
That’s not going over well with residents near Smith Point County Park, in which even environmentalists weighed not only condemning the effort but also successfully lobbied the federal agency to scale back the plan. Oddly, but not surprisingly, the Army Corp of Engineers decided on this plan of action resulting from a lawsuit initiated by another environmentalist group accusing the bureaucracy of not adequately taking steps to protect the piping plover.
As a result of scaling back the weed killer spraying, many piping plover bird offspring will still die resulting from the vegetation on the sand dunes at Long Island beaches. But environmentalists churned up the hype to dish out their chemophobia Kool Aid in order to scare Suffolk County, New York residents. The weed killer levels would not have been any danger to Suffolk County residents or their animals. The controversy wasn’t about finding a compromise about pesticide use or even seeking to protect residents from the alleged harm of using glysophate, it was about promoting green groups at the expense of the truth.