A piping plover nest located south of the Fishermen's Turnaround hatched today, July 12, and the 7:00pm closure in place for unfledged chicks along Ryder Way has been moved southward to near the first cottage as you enter the beach. The road and parking areas beyond the first cottage will close to recreational vehicle access, including for fishing, at 7:00pm each day until the plover chicks are able to fly, which can take up to 35 days. The section of the road before the first cottage will remain open until 9:00pm as usual.
The night-time closure is necessary to comply with the requirements of the Massachusetts Habitat Conservation Plan for Piping Plover (HCP). The HCP is a permit that allows the Town to keep access to the road open during the day when it would normally need to close once the chicks hatch to comply with state and federal requirements for plovers and terns protected by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Without this permit in place, the road would remain closed to vehicles during the day as well as at night. The Natural Resources staff monitors chicks located along road intensively to reduce the risk of "take" as defined by the state and federal ESAs. Please be alert and drive slowly in areas where chicks are present. These areas are marked with signage. If you do see a plover chick or adult in the road, stop to let them pass and alert staff.
Check the Long Beach Information page for updates on vehicle access.