Snowy Plover Nesting Site Restrictions
Baker Beach and Sutton Beach are popular snowy plover nesting sites. Dry and wet sand restrictions are in effect. The western snowy plover is protected under state law and under the federal Endangered Species Act.
"Plovers nest in dry open sand, in tiny, shallow scrapes that are very well camouflaged. Not only are nests easy to miss (or step on), but the bird will abandon its eggs if repeatedly disturbed by activities it considers a threat. If a beach is home to nesting plovers, people can still walk along the wet sand portion of the beach, but some recreation is curtailed. Dogs are not allowed, either leashed or unleashed, and driving any kind of vehicle, flying a kite, and similar activities on the wet sand are prohibited. Where plovers nest, all recreation in the dry sand areas is off limits." according to the Siuslaw National Forest news release.
Camping in Baker Beach Campground and Sutton Campground are not restricted. Trails from the campgrounds, however, do have restrictions. Please read and adhere to local postings.