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The Point At Cape Henlopen State Park To Close For 2017 Beachnesting Season

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The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park to close for 2017 beachnesting season


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The Point changes shape every year, this was shot with a drone from a boat off the shoreline.

(DNREC) … LEWES (Feb. 27, 2017) – The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes, and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning Wednesday, March 1, for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

The nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.

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The point in Cape Henlopen State PArk as seen from the International Space Station … photo courtesy of NASA

DNREC’s Divisions of Parks & Recreation, Fish & Wildlife and Watershed Stewardship have been working together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beachnester and migratory shorebird populations. The Point has been closed annually since 1993.

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Fishing the Point

“We appreciate the public’s cooperation in this effort,” said Park Superintendent Paul Faircloth. “DNREC is committed to providing protection for these species, hopefully to prevent them from disappearing in Delaware.”

For more information, contact Cape Henlopen State Park at 302-645-8983.




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American Oyster Catcher eating a sand flea at Fenwick Island









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Piping plover chicks from an earlier beach-nesting season /DNREC file photo





The Point At Cape Henlopen State Park To Close For 2017 Beachnesting Season

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