The challenge continues: Can endangered piping plovers thrive nesting in one of the busiest state parks in New Jersey? The tiny family giving it a go south of Barnegat Lighthouse this summer is surely determined…"The eggs just hatched the day before Father’s Day; that was really exciting," said Karen Leu, a research technician with Rutgers University. "As far as nests, though, we only have the one piping plover nest out there. In previous years we’ve had two to four pairs. This year numbers have been going down for all the sites, actually. That’s a little depressing."
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