The California Least Tern and Western Snowy Plover breeding seasons typically last from March through September and due to protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, the Navy is joining local authorities to ensure that people and pets do not harm or disturb the birds or their nesting areas on Navy beaches.
“We are working in partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, local authorities and the public to protect the nesting areas, and taking the necessary precautions to ensure the bird’s survival and success while supporting our military mission,” said Naval Base Coronado Commanding Officer Capt. Yancy Lindsey.
NBC is asking dog owners and beachgoers to stay on wet sand close to the water’s edge on beach areas adjacent to the Silver Strand Training Complex-South which is south of Silver Strand State Beach. Navy training beaches north of the Silver Strand State Beach are off-limits to the public.
NBC properties will be patrolled by California Department of Fish and Game Law Enforcement and NBC Security to enforce trespassing and leash laws in support of the conservation of the Western Snowy Plover and Least Tern habitat areas and to promote protection of all plants and animals in Navy areas.
For additional information please contact NBC Public Affairs at (619) 545-8136.