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Cape Henlopen Beach Reopens After Birth of Piping Plovers

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LEWES, Del. (AP/WBOC) - The oceanside beach at Cape Henlopen State Park is reopened today now that the last of four newly hatched piping plover chicks are able to fly.

A half-mile stretch of the shoreline at Gordons Pond was closed to vehicles and pedestrians in May to protect the endangered shorebirds during their breeding period.

According to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, two pairs of piping plovers nested at Gordons Pond this season, and one of the pairs produced four chicks. As many as three pairs have nested there in past years.

The dunes and interdunal areas at Gordons Pond remain closed to the public year-round to protect rare plant species that exist in the area.

DNREC says American oystercatchers and least terns also nested at Gordons Pond this year. Those birds are also endangered in Delaware.

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