Just heard this bit of news from one of the fishermen. Parking Lot 1 on the Parker River Wildlife Refuge is closed. Seems our little birds that like to nest on the beach have done so at lot 1. I didn’t even trust my ears, so I sent Brendan down and he came back with the same news. I then had to check on their website and this was written:
Refuge News & Updates
Please Note: Effective immediately, the entire refuge beach is closed to all public access, including that portion of the beach that is normally open at Lot 1. The decision to close the beach was made because of the movement of federally threatened piping plovers and their chicks into the area of the Lot 1 beach. The beach closure will be lifted once the plovers have left the closed areas for three consecutive days. The decision to reopen the beach will be announced on this web site.
Here is the link to see it for yourself:
Kay is on the phone now………………………they are telling her that the chicks that have hatched are walking around and entering the open area and are forging for food. So based on that they decided to close. They have said that they will monitor the situation and if the chicks stay leave the area they will reopen. Hmmmmm…….