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‘Bird Nazis’ Appearing On Closure Signs At Cape Cod National Seashore

July 5, 2024

Whoever spray painted “bird nazis” on closure signs to express displeasure with federal policies protecting piper plovers at Cape Cod National Seashore should go to jail, a local official said.

The term “bird nazis,” spray painted in purple, has been appearing on signs and vehicles since June 15, federal officials told The Cape Cod Times.

Mary-Jo Avellar, Provincetown representative of the Cape Cod National Seashore Advisory Commission, said the national seashore is legally required to protect wildlife defined as endangered, and she expressed disgust with the spray painting.

“And you know, and if people are going to act like that, I hope they get caught and go to jail,” Avellar said, according to The Cape Cod Times.

Piping plovers are controversial on Cape Cod. Supporters say they are an endangered species that needs special protection from walkers and off-road vehicles while they are nesting near the shoreline. Skeptics question how endangered piping plovers are, and they rue the inability to enjoy portions of the seashore during desirable times of the year.

During the 1990s a bumper sticker appeared suggesting that piping plovers “taste like chicken.”

 

 

Screenshot of homepage of the Cape Cod National Seashore web site on Friday, July 5, 2024.

 

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