June 17, 2013
UPDATE: More area closed for plover
chicks at the beaches in Buxton
By IRENE NOLAN
There are now
four chicks on the ground from a piping plover nest that began hatching
last Thursday, June 13, between Ramps 43 and 44.
the parents have moved the chicks to the north and they are foraging in
a pond next to the parking area for Ramp 43.
natural resource program manager for the seashore, said last week that
when the nest started hatching on the ocean beach, the parking lot at
Ramp 43 remained open to vehicles, despite the 1,000-meter ORV buffer
because there was a natural barrier – a dune – between the nest and the
Also, the beach north of Ramp 43 remained open to pedestrians.
now that the piping plover chicks are foraging near the pond, the
parking area is closed and there is no pedestrian access at Ramp 43.
Basically, there is no pedestrian or vehicle access past the fish cleaning tables near Ramp 44.
is still pedestrian access out Ramp 44, which is a much longer
hike. Pedestrian access is allowed for a short distance south of
the ramp and also to the north.
The buffer for pedestrians around plover chicks is 300 meters.
time from hatching to fledging for piping plover chicks is about 28
days, so the area could remain closed for the next three to four weeks.
said he has talked with other seashore resource biotechs, and none can
remember a piping plover nest in the area between Ramps 43 and 44, so
this could be a first.
Ramp 45 and the Salt Pond Road are also closed to ORVs and pedestrians.
there is no ORV access between Ramp 38 south of Avon and Ramp 49 in
southern Frisco at Billy Mitchell Airport and the Park Service
campground. Thus, there is no ORV access in the Buxton area.
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