Breeding season is coming to an end for the piping plovers who’ve been nesting at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware.
Seven pairs of plover have a total of seven fledged chicks in their nesting spots at The Point and Gordons Pond.
“Although in the past we have had as many as ten pairs of plovers nest in Delaware in a single season, it is too early to tell if the current dip in plover numbers is a temporary situation or is part of a longer term trend,” said Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey.
Gordons Pond was opened to vehicular and foot traffic Saturday, now that breeding season is over. But The Point will remain closed until Sept. 1. Beachnesting season began March 1.