Topics: Piping Plovers and Shorebirds

CHATHAM - Each year, it seems that there are more protected piping plovers nesting on area beaches than the year before. Ospreys, once on the brink of extinction, can be seen everywhere. And don't even start with seals, which can be found by the tens of thousands on Monomoy but are protected by federal law. If you’ve ever wondered why, you’re not alone.   Piping plovers Given the number of times they s...

Plover Chicks Have Taken Flight At Red River Beach

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The piping plover chicks nesting on the east end of Red River Beach have fledged, and the town will soon remove concrete barriers placed across a section of the parking lot to protect the state and federally protected species. “I have some fantastic news to share,” Rebeca Linhart of the Massachusetts Audubon Society informed Conservation Administrator Amy Usowski on July Fourth. “When visiting Red Ri...

Red River Beach Plover Restrictions Reduced

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — The town and local beachgoers received some good news this week: the closure of one-third of the Red River Beach parking area and beach due to nesting piping plovers will be scaled back. The town was required to close a portion of the parking lot and limit public access to the beach because of the presence of four piping plover chicks. Piping plovers are considered a locally threatened species and ar...