Nesting Plovers on Nauset Beach Will Likely Cause Chatham Closures

450910609CHATHAM – The piping plover nesting season is underway and Chatham is reporting that eight pairs have nested and are incubating eggs within the town’s portion of Nauset Beach.

Two of the nests are in the vicinity of Exit 7 and the other six nests are in the southern section of the beach beginning just north of the Hammatt Flag Pole and then continuing further to the south toward the inlet.

The town anticipates a closure of the southern section of Nauset Beach to ORV traffic starting Monday due to the estimated hatching of chicks. The closure would include the area just north of the Hammatt Flag Pole through the remaining southern portion of the inlet. Further closures will likely be necessary south of Exit 6 starting June 10.

According to town officials, an American oyster catcher pair has established a nest and is incubating eggs near the southern end of the beach. Least terns nesting activity has also been observed in the area between exits 6 and 7 and near the southern tip. Some of those nests have incubating eggs.

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