Julia Wells
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.
Trustees of Reservations
Piping plover
Cape Pogue

2021

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.

2020

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.

2019

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.

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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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