Snowy Plover Chicks on Okaloosa Island

10,000 Birds

For the most part it remains undeveloped, with rolling dunes, long beaches, and green marshes. In another area – near an abandoned military building – a pair of Killdeer had nested next to the remnants of a dirt road. I have seen dozens of Snowy Plovers and other shorebirds along the Emerald Coast of Florida, but until last week I had never seen their chicks!

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From Today's New York Times

Animal Ethics

If we are to live in a more peaceful world, we must abandon the cruelty on our plates. Kristina Cahill Long Beach, Calif., To the Editor: Re “ Mr. Puck’s Good Idea ” (editorial, March 26): Thank you for writing about the restaurateur Wolfgang Puck and his desire to buy meat raised humanely. This issue is an important one and needs to be talked about.