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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Five piping plover chicks take wing on the Point at Cape Henlopen 

LEWES (July 3, 2012) – Five piping plover chicks have just fledged at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, and the last two plover nests there are expected to hatch this week.

Four pairs of the tiny endangered beachnesting birds successfully hatched chicks on the Point. Three of these pairs have fledged one chick each, and the fourth pair has fledged two. A fifth pair is still incubating their nest, which is due to hatch this week.

At Gordon’s Pond, plover monitors are watching a three-egg nest for signs of hatching, which also should occur soon.

For more information on beachnesting birds and monitoring efforts, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email

Vol. 42, No. 252

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