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No room at the beach

Migratory shorebirds getting muscled out of their coastal stopover spots

Shorebirds are in decline because of development of their fragile coastal habitat. Birds that must migrate up to 19,000 miles can't waste energy evading beach walkers, all-terrain vehicles, or dogs. Shorebirds are in decline because of development of their fragile coastal habitat. Birds that must migrate up to 19,000 miles can't waste energy evading beach walkers, all-terrain vehicles, or dogs. (Globe Staff Photo / Mark Wilson)
By Neil Munshi
Globe Correspondent / August 11, 2008

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CHATHAM - After the fog lifts, a cloud of short-billed dowitchers, red knots, American oystercatchers and all types of plovers tear and careen off an inlet. They crest on the breeze, settling near the shore. (Full article: 973 words)

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