DNREC to Close The Point at Cape Henlopen for Beachnesting Season

Dover (Feb 25, 2022) … The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control will close The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean and bay beach, Tuesday, March 1. Since 1993,

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The Point has closed annually for most of the spring and summer for the benefit of threatened and endangered beachnesters and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

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American Oyster Catcher eating a sand flea at Fenwick Island
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The Point’s nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen to the public Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.  

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Piping Plover sporting a beach tag

The DNREC Divisions of Parks and Recreation, Fish and Wildlife, and Watershed Stewardship have worked together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beachnester and migratory shorebird populations.

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Section of Gordons Pond occasionally closed for piping plovers

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