July 18………………you won’t like this!

July 18………………you won’t like this!

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:


They also handed Brendan this flyer about night fishing and drive-on, but you can read more about it on their website.

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…….


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  • pete d
    Posted at 15:54h, 18 July

    what a freaking joke!! we should use the stupid little things as bait!

  • Irish Spectre
    Posted at 16:45h, 18 July

    They taste like chicken!

  • onelastcast
    Posted at 16:59h, 18 July

    I hate these birds…..and another point…are they taking up the entire beach or just the area closer to the dunes? Cranes has plenty of nesting piping plovers as well, but the close down the localized area’s where they are nesting, not the entire beach…come on refuge…

  • billy p.
    Posted at 19:00h, 18 July

    They nest in the dune and feed on sand fleas and little stuff in the wash. Im pritty sure 99.9% of people are capable of not stepping and a little bird feeding at the edge of the waves. No matter how small. I understand what they are trying to do but there’s a time to draw a line. They dont do anything about all the stuff that eats them. But we’re the problem. Ive talked to the “Plover wardens” and heard all the reasons. Did some looking on my own. I still dont get why it comes down to this. I know its not permanent. But its more and more. Pretty soon closed from April till December. For the birds…

  • Anguillaman
    Posted at 19:54h, 18 July

    This just keeps getting worse and worse…7 miles of beach closed for a handful of birds that are more at risk from other birds, foxes, high tides, etc than they would be from all beach goers. Next thing they will close the refuge entirely to protect the greenheads.

  • clayfish
    Posted at 20:01h, 18 July

    good luck fishing the ocean front already a free for all and now just going to get worse!!

  • Plover Hater
    Posted at 21:01h, 18 July

    That’s it! I’ve had enough of them, I’m driving my truck straight through the gates blaring We’re Not Gonna Take It and going to run these little bastards over!

  • Green Ghost
    Posted at 08:13h, 19 July

    So Then, What about Sandy point? why not close the wholeyo place? I presume the north end of the Plum Island beach front is still open. expect a lot of company with the fishing reports

  • Anguillaman
    Posted at 20:52h, 19 July

    The Refuge is run by US GOVT…Sandy Point by the State….yup the State is more reasonable.

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