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Plover Highlights

awww so cute!This page is intended to inform our community about the status of the Piping Plovers restrictions on our kite beaches in Massachusetts. We are also providing some simple “rules” that we all can follow, as well as more site specific rules for individual areas. We will update these throughout the season until the Plovers have flown away. If you have any new important information that is not posted here, please let us know.

As frustrating as all of this is, it is in our best interest to help these little birds do their thing so that we can get our beach access back as soon as possible.
There are many groups at work trying to help these birds. They each have their different ways in dealing with the problem, so it can get confusing when it comes to which ones are really in charge. Basically, we have to listen and respect all of them.

Things you should know...

  • The Piping Plover are protected under the Endangered Species Act, and considered “threatened.”
  • There are only 1900 nesting pairs of Piping Plovers left in the world. Massachusetts hosts one third of this population. 87 are on the Cape.
  • Plovers return to the same breeding areas every year.
  • “Plover Season” on the Cape can start as early as the beginning of April.
  • Plover eggs take roughly 25 days to hatch. They usually start sitting on their nests when they have 4 eggs.
  • Once hatched, the chicks can fly about 30 days later.
  • It is important that we do not disturb them while nesting.
    Stormtides, predators (dogs, crows, foxes), and humans can disrupt the nesting process.

  • If the Plover leaves it’s nest, it will most likely renest in the vicinity. But this keeps beaches closed for at least another month (usually until August).

So... while the Plover Season is inevitable, it is in our best interest to make sure that these Plovers do well so that the restrictions are lifted as early as possible. What can you as a kiter do to help? Follow these simple general rules when you know you are in the vicinity of a protected Plover area:

  • Stay away from the enclosed areas. Do one walk close to them. Try to stay at least 150 yards away from these areas when kiting.

  • DO NOT fly your kite OVER these areas. Keep your kites over the water, especially when walking near these areas.
  • Keep your dogs leashed at all times.
  • Be nothing but understanding and courteous to the people looking out for these birds. They are just doing their job.

For more information, please go to:

Cape Cod Times Article about the plovers from 06.01.11

Plover Beaches

Beach Name Last Updated
Chapin Beach Cape Cod MA 12/23/2014 - 15:19 Check back in 2015.
Hardings Beach 12/23/2014 - 15:14 Check back in 2015.
Kalmus Beach 12/23/2014 - 15:18 Check back in 2015.
Long Beach, Nahant 12/23/2014 - 15:15 Check back in 2015.
Revere Beach 12/23/2014 - 15:16 Check back in 2015 for sites. Audubon Society, New England Aquarium and the Mass Environmental Police will have a daily presence observing the PLOVER nesting AREA. These areas are marked by signs. NO WALKING WITH YOUR KITE IN THE AIR IN THAT AREA.
West Dennis Beach - Cape Cod, MA 12/23/2014 - 15:17 Check back in 2015.
Winthrop Beach 12/23/2014 - 15:18 Check back in 2015.

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