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RIMS Piping Plover Protection

Please read the rules on plovers in your RIMS directory and by-laws book that you receive each year. Remember, there is “Zero Tolerance” for breaking a plover rule.

You could:

  • Face suspension or lose your membership for breaking a plover rule.
  • It is your responsibility to know the rules.
  • Call the info line often & especially before entering the sand trail, 401-256-5020.
  • If you see the gate up at the entrance to the sand trail or a rope across the sand trail with
  • USFWS signage call the info line before you proceed out, 401-256-5020.
  • The USFWS can change the restrictions on a moments notice, depending on the plover nesting areas, eggs, hatching dates, and fledgling.
  • Please BE CAREFUL. With all that said let’s have a great time this summer, respect the club rules and enjoy everyone’s company.

Piping plovers are divided into 3 sub-species in North America:
Great Lakes, Northern Great Plains, and the Atlantic Coast populations. All three populations winter in the Gulf Coast, South Atlantic, and Caribbean beaches. In 1986, the piping plover were first listed on the United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USF&WS) Endangered Species Act as Threatened and Endangered. Currently, the Atlantic Coast and Northern Great Plains populations are listed as Threatened by the USF&WS, and The Great Lakes population is listed as Endangered. Plovers typically nest on coastal beaches, estuaries, mud flats, etc. Typically, they lay between 3-4 eggs in shallowed out areas not far from feeding areas. Adults share the responsibility on incubating the eggs and are very territorial with other plovers near nesting areas, as well as other birds and animals. Parents are often seen acting like they have a broken wing while protecting their nest from predators. Once hatched, chicks typically take about 25-27 days to fledge (fly).
Note: this is just a quick summary of the piping plover. For more detailed information, please visit the piping plover facts page on the USF&WS website or contact the local USF&WS officer.

PVC Numbering on Quonnie:
The PVC numbering system starts at the beginning of the sand trail with number 79. Then about every hundred yards is an ascending odd numbered PVC pipe until about halfway down the beach ending at number 100. There, the PVC starts with 1 ascending to about 30 near RIMS Beach Property. PVC50 is located on the beach between the guard shack and the first parking lot. The current washed out area before out property will be named just that, “washed out area”.