Oversand Vehicle Trails Partly Reopened on Chappy
Oversand vehicle trails on Chappaquiddick have been partly reopened after a weekend of closures to protect nesting piping plovers, the Trustees of Reservations announced. All trails to Cape Pogue remain closed to vehicles.
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Active Year for Nesting Shorebirds Forces Oversand Trail Closures
Will Sennott
As an especially active shorebird nesting season shapes up this year, the Trustees of Reservations has closed a wide swath of beach trails to over-sand vehicles from Edgartown to Chappaquiddick. Little Beach in Edgartown — where there is no driving on the beach — is a particular hotspot.
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As Plovers Fly South, Biologists Say Protections Still Needed
Will Sennott

In the last week of August, the final fledgling of the piping plover nesting season departed from the shore of Quansoo Beach on its first migration south. The departure marks the end of the nesting season for plovers on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Late Plover Nests Lead to Prolonged Beach Closures
Holly Pretsky

Two piping plover nests have caused unusually long closures at Norton Point Beach this season, testing the patience of vacationers

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Beach Closings Lead to Rising Tensions
Sara Brown
After a summer of tension over beach closures to vehicles to protect nesting shorebirds, Vineyard fishermen weighed in with concerns.
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All Outdoors: The Plight of the Plover
Robert A. Culbert
Is it too early to be thinking about the breeding season? Yes, in general, but no for the piping plover, a species that usually returns to Martha’s Vineyard in late March and begins nesting by mid-April. For this year, on Jan. 10, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added this species to its list of endangered and threatened wildlife.
 
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Federal, State Managers Ease Rules for Piping Plover Protection
Alex Elvin

Fderal and state agencies announced a management plan to allow communities to reopen beaches that would otherwise be closed to vehicles during spring plover nesting season.

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Piping Plovers More Plentiful; Fishermen, Start Your Engines
Alex Elvin
With piping plovers enjoying a major comeback in the state, new regulations may allow communities to reclaim beaches that would otherwise be closed to protect the nests and chicks in the spring.
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Make Way for Plover Chicks: Cape Pogue Closed to Vehicle Traffic
Sara Brown

Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge has been closed to vehicle traffic to protect newly-hatched piping plover chicks.

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Cape Pogue Closed to OSVs to Protect Plover Chicks
Cape Pogue Wildlife Refuge is closed to oversand vehicles to protect nesting piping plover chicks, The Trustees of Reservations announced Monday.
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