CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — It's been a great summer for piping plovers in New Hampshire.

The Concord Monitor reports state Fish and Game Department officials say more of the chicks hatched on beaches in the state this summer than at any time since attempts to protect the federally threatened bird started in 1997.

Three pairs of the birds nested on Hampton Beach. Five chicks have lived at least 25 days. At Seabrook Beach, six pairs of the plovers hatched, and 12 chicks have lived at least 25 days. Those are records.

Biologist Brendan Clifford says piping plovers sometimes lose their first nests to high tides, bad weather and predators, but all nine pairs spotted hatched their first nest.

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Information from: Concord Monitor, http://www.concordmonitor.com