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Plymouth Beach is an important nesting site for threatened and endangered coastal shorebirds, including the Piping Plover, Least Tern, Common Tern, Roseate Tern and Arctic Tern.  In autumn, thousands of Roseate and Common Terns from multiple breeding sites stage for migration to South America. The barrier beach is also a critical stopover site. Over 20,000 migratory shorebirds use Plymouth Beach as a “fuel stop” to put on weight before continuing their long distance migrations throughout the hemisphere.