LA - Rutherford Beach conservation area damaged

CREOLE, La. (KPLC) - At Rutherford Beach, you can often find roped off area to protect wildlife, but some conservationists say that the holiday weekend festivities may have damaged these areas.

Coastal Stewardship Manager for Audubon Louisiana Katie Barnes and her team spend a lot of time on Rutherford beach roping off those areas where birds nest.

“Three of them nesting here, the Least Terns, the Wilson’s Plover, and the Common Nighthawk are all highly migratory birds that come up here from the tropics to breed, and they stay here throughout the spring and the summer and they raise their chicks.”

Barnes says it can be a difficult task when an increase in beachgoers threaten the wildlife they worked so hard to preserve, “I don’t really know what to expect every year. It really just depends on the crowd and there’s always the issue of having multiple vehicles driving in areas where they shouldn’t be driving.”

To prepare for the crowd, the team put in extra hours of work.

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