Shorebirds nest on our beaches every year. As of June 23, The Trustees of Reservations were monitoring three piping plover nests on the Elbow, three pairs of recently hatched piping plover chicks on Leland Beach, and two large colonies of least, common and roseate terns on Norton Point Beach Edgartown.

As required by state and federal regulation, The Trustees are monitoring these nests and chicks and are providing the birds with adequate habitat to feed their young. The chicks can move around the property and are difficult to see.

This may restrict access to several over-sand vehicle trails in the coming weeks.

As you make plans to explore our beaches, please call The Trustees’ Shorebird Hotline, 508-627-8390, and familiarize yourselves with where you and your family can enjoy your day. Look for oversand vehicle access updates at each gatehouse entrance. Dogs must remain on leashes and out of posted areas.