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Stretch of Delaware Seashore State Park beach closed for oystercatcher nesting
CAPE HENLOPEN (July 2, 2012) – Temporary fencing was erected today along a stretch of beach at Delaware Seashore State Park to protect an American Oystercatcher nest with eggs expected to hatch by the end of this week. The nest within the cordoned-off area is being incubated on the ocean side of the park, between Key Box and Conquest Roads crossover.
The stretch of protected beach extends approximately 500 yards to give the oystercatchers sufficient space to care for and feed their expected chicks, and to prevent any accidental intrusions or disturbances to the nest.
Delaware State Parks officials clarified that a corridor along the ocean shoreline remains open to allow passage of both vehicles and pedestrians “in all but the highest of tides,” according Delaware Seashore State Park administrator Pat Cooper. Exceptions for passage would be storm and full or new moon tides, he said.
The temporary fencing will remain in place until there are no more unfledged oystercatcher chicks on the affected stretch of beach. Fledging usually takes about 30 days for oystercatchers.
Vol. 42, No. 248