News from Cannon Beach: There are THREE BLACK OYSTERCATCHER CHICKS on Haystack Rock. Two of them are pictured, in a photo by TIFFANY BOOTHE of the Seaside Aquarium.

So what’s the big deal? According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conservation plan (http://tinyurl.

com/bloyst), the overall hatching success for this species is only 27 percent, and the fledging success is a mere 13 percent. Not to mention, there are only about 10,000 of them worldwide.

“With such a low reproductive success, it is so important that even three individuals be added to the population,” the Friends of Haystack Rock Facebook page says. “Human disturbance can be a major stress on these birds, so it is crucial visitors view the birds from a safe distance.”

— Elleda Wilson

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