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Piping Plover Chicks Hatch at Cape Henlopen State Park

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LEWES, Del. (AP/WBOC)- Delaware officials say four piping plover chicks have hatched from this year's only nest at Gordons Pond in Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control said the chicks hatched last week and both adults were seen with the chicks that afternoon.

Over at the Point, three pairs of plovers have set up foraging territories along the bayside with their chicks that hatched earlier this month, and have been seen going back into the dunes for shelter and rest.

According to Division of Fish and Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey, the chicks are still vulnerable to hypothermia, especially in the recent drenching downpours. Bailey said, ""Consequently, we are very careful not to disturb the broods and only observe them from afar.  We don't have full counts of the chicks, but full counts will emerge as things progress." 

For more information on beachnesting birds and monitoring efforts, contact Bailey at (302) 382-4151 or email him at matthew.bailey@state.de.us.

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