HARTFORD, Conn. (CBSNewYork) – If you go for a stroll on a beach in Connecticut, you best walk with care, WCBS 880 Bureau Chief Fran Schneidau reported.

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Just about now, the eggs laid by the tiny Piping Plover, which is on the endangered species list, are beginning to hatch.

Milan Bull of the Connecticut Audubon Society explained that the nests are hastily made and beachgoers need to keep an eye out, so as not to step on them.

“It’s not much of a nest as you know. It’s just a little depression in the sand with sand-colored eggs for sand colored eggs that are laid in that depression,” Bull told Schneidau.

Dozens of Audubon volunteers will be setting up circular fences at beaches throughout Connecticut to protect these little birds.

Beachgoers are asked to watch their dogs to keep them from inadvertently stepping in the nests and breaking the eggs.

“As long as you keep people and dogs from stepping on the eggs, the plovers do quite well on beaches where people exist,” Bull said.

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