The rare, tiny western snowy plover is nesting on Los Angeles County beaches for the first time in nearly 70 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday. Although western snowy plovers use beaches in Los Angeles County for roosting during the winter, the last documented active nest in the county was in 1949 at Manhattan Beach. "This is a sign that, against all odds, western snowy plovers are making a comeback, and we really need the cooperation of beachgoers to help give them the space they need to nest and raise their young," said senior fish and wildlife biologist Chris Dellith of the Fish and Wildlife Service office in Ventura.
Western snowy plover mating ritual.