Additional closure needed to assist beachnesters at the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park

April 13, 2017

LEWES (April 13, 2017)

On March 1, 2017 the Point at Cape Henlopen State Park was closed for migratory and beach nesting shorebirds.The closed sections, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, were marked with PVC poles and twine with flagging for visibility.

The closure benefits threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other wildlife.

This week, the closure will be extended approximately 100 yards south toward the Point parking area crossing. In addition, another adjustment to the southern boundary may occur as early as May 14, 2017.

The nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen on September 1, 2017 while the bayside beach will remain closed until October 1, 2017 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.

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