Man with Plover Chick

The goal of the Be a Good Egg project is to help people learn more about birds like Least Terns, Piping Plovers, and American Oystercatchers that nest and rest on the beaches of New York and New Jersey every spring and summer.  From April through August, thousands of birds nest on the bare sand on many of New York and New Jersey’s beaches and inlets.  These hardy little birds are threatened by predators, extreme weather conditions, and humans.  When a person or dog walks through a nesting area, the adults run or fly off in fear. During the nesting season, this exposes the eggs or chicks to fatally high temperatures and drastically increases the risk of predation.  In the spring and fall, many other shorebirds migrate through New York and New Jersey on journeys that can be as long as 9,000 miles, stopping on our beaches to rest and refuel.

The New York City Audubon Society, Audubon New York, and the New Jersey Audubon Society are reaching out to people and asking them to make a pledge to “be a good egg” and share the beach with birds.  As part of this project, volunteers are helping us reach out to people at beaches where Audubon is working with the local community to protect hundreds of nesting and migrating birds. But we want this message to reach anyone who visits a beach in New York or New Jersey because these birds are found along the entire coastline. Anyone can take the pledge by filling out the pledge form on the right side of this page. By doing so, you are pledging to do the following things:

I pledge to:

  1. Keep away from marked or fenced areas where birds are nesting.
  2. Keep the beach clean by using proper receptacles or carrying out trash.
  3. Keep my dog off of nesting beaches.

With your help, we can protect New York and New Jersey’s beach-nesting birds and their young.