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Bad year for piping plovers

Thirty piping plovers have been counted at Prince Edward Island National Park this year, a high number, but it's been a bad year for nesting.

Thirty piping plovers have been counted at Prince Edward Island National Park this year, a high number, but it's been a bad year for nesting.

Linda Thomas of Parks Canada told CBC News Friday only nine of the tiny shore birds' nests have been found.

"I guess the positive thing that I look at from this season is that we had a good number of birds returning, significantly more than last year," said Thomas.

"The problems came when they tried to nest and raise chicks and we weren't very successful there at all."

Just four chicks have been successfully hatched this year from the nine nests found. Weather and predators are being blamed for the problems.

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