Students work to protect piping plovers at Jones Beach

Students designed colorful signs, which serve as a plea to beachgoers to help protect piping plovers' nesting sites. (4/22/13)

WANTAGH - Elementary school students encouraged beachgoers to be good eggs this Earth Day.

Westbury fourth-graders went to Jones Beach today, where they got a rare glimpse of the piping plover, an endangered species. Through the Audubon Society of New York's "Be a Good Egg" campaign, the students designed colorful signs, which serve as a plea to beachgoers to help protect piping plovers' nesting sites.

While Superstorm Sandy tore down parts of Long Island, the storm built up the birds' habitat, giving them more room to nest. The Audubon Society campaign aims to increase nests at Jones Beach and other South Shore beaches so that the piping plover can eventually be taken off the endangered species list.

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For more on piping plover awareness, watch the clip to the left or click News 12 Extra on Optimum TV channel 612.

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