Gloucester’s Animal Advisory Committee is meeting tonight to vote on whether or not to change the Good Harbor Beach dog rules. The meeting is at 6:30 at City Hall, 3rd floor. At present dogs are allowed at GHB through April 30th. Our hope is that the new ordinance would shorten the time, to end on March 31st. Nesting Piping Plovers, as well as the many species of shorebirds migrating through (and some also nesting at) Good Harbor Beach would benefit tremendously from this change to the ordinance. Thank you!

Piping Plover on the Half Shell


  • I can’t make tonight’s meeting, but best of luck to you and the PiPi!!


  • What good will that do if no one is monitoring the beach at 5am when the dogs are there! Starting at 7 or 8 am is too late.


  • Dog officers need to monitor the beach at 5 am when the dogs are there! The dates don’t matter if no one is checking.


  • Unfortunately, I don’t get the GMG emails till later in the day. Would have gone to this meeting. Hope the vote was to protect the birds.


  • Humans are also animals and their behavior will effect plovers regardless of the presence of dogs. So unless there s a plan to remove all human and dog behavior from the area until the young birds have flown away, there seems to be little sense in just removing dogs so birds can nest unsuccessfully.


  • What was the outcome?


  • Hopefully there will be some major work done this endangered Plovers area sharing what works with other costal cities and towns MA will also help I believe. The efforts have made a difference but it’s continuous follow-up and action like here on GMG that keeps it on the front burner of action! Dave & Kim

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

    Published on Aug 15, 2014

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    The threatened piping plover has been the focus of intensive conservation in Massachusetts. Thanks to continuing efforts by the many partners of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and MassWildlife, the plover population here has come a long way since the shorebird was protected under the Endangered Species Act, from around 140 pairs when it was listed in 1986 to more than 650 pairs in 2013. Here are four examples of communities that are making a difference.

    Plovers along the Atlantic Coast return to the Northeast in spring to breed and raise their young over the summer. If you’re visiting one of the region’s great beaches, look out for signage about this rare species. You can help us protect their nests and chicks:
    -Respect all areas fenced or posted for protection of wildlife.
    -Do not approach or linger near piping plovers or their nests.
    -Please leave pets at home or on leash. Plovers perceive dogs as predators.
    -Don’t leave or bury trash or food scraps on beaches. Garbage attracts predators that may prey upon piping plover eggs or chicks.


  • Did you attend the meeting & if so, was anything resolved? According to that MDFW video those towns are enforcing the rules and have staff on the beaches. Will that be done in Gloucester where a great deal of hostility toward the birds has clearly been demonstrated?


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