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Beach Closings Lead to Rising Tensions

After a summer of tension over beach closures to vehicles to protect nesting shorebirds, Vineyard fishermen weighed in with concerns.

Federal, State Managers Ease Rules for Piping Plover Protection

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.

Piping Plovers More Plentiful; Fishermen, Start Your Engines

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.

Make Way for Plover Chicks: Cape Pogue Closed to Vehicle Traffic

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

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.

Cat Trapping to Protect Plovers Raises Concern of Pet Rescue Group

Cats, both feral and domestic, pose a threat to the Island’s fragile piping plover population, biologists say. But an effort to humanely trap the cats has raised concern among members of an Island group that finds homes for unwanted cats.
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Plover Odd Couple

A rare Wilson’s plover arrived on-Island May 18. It was discovered by Liz Baldwin and Luanne Johnson, the team from Biodiversity Works that is monitoring piping plovers and American oystercatchers on many of the Island beaches. They spotted the Wilson’s plover at Squibnocket and found it was keeping the company of a piping plover. Turns out the Wilson’s plover is a female and the piping plover a male; ah the odd couple!

News Update: Tuesday, May 24 - Beach Closed to Protect Plover Nest

Tashmoo Beach will be closed for about a month after a piping plover nest was found Monday on Herring Creek Road.

Felix Neck Wildlife Sanctuary director Suzan Bellincampi said the nest contains four eggs and is located along the side of Herring Creek Road just before the parking area. Federal and state laws mandate a 100-yard protective perimeter around plover nests; Ms. Bellincampi said closing the beach is the only way to abide by those rules.

Shorebirds Are Nesting: Check for Beach Closures

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.

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Research Traces Piping Plover’s Trip from Bahamas to Aquinnah

In January, while Vineyarders endured battering sleet storms and mid-winter cabin fever, at least one of the Island’s piping plovers was enjoying a respite from the New England doldrums in the Caribbean. After a two-decade hiatus in researching plover migration, scientists from the Canadian Wildlife Service again started a tagging effort this winter in the Bahamas that has just begun to offer insight into the migration and behavior of this tenacious and much ballyhooed little creature, one of whom will call Aquinnah home this summer.