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Are you ready for some good news about wildlife habitat protection in Maine? 2018 marked a record year for nesting pairs of piping plovers on southern Maine beaches, as well as for the number of surviving fledglings . Maine Audubon conservation biologist Laura Minich Zitske is the Director of the Maine Coastal Birds project, which focuses on protection for the federally-endangered piping plover and least tern. These birds face danger from people, off-road vehicles, and unleashed dogs (in addition to all of their natural predators) because they nest in the open on sandy beaches – prime summer-tourist recreation spots. Laura will describe the highs and lows she has experienced over a decade of hard work to protect these birds, and the important role that the Endangered Species act has played in helping wildlife biologists rescue the piping plover from the edge of extinction – although there is still much work to be done.