Four Piping Plover Nests Spotted on the Point at Cape Henlopen

by Dave on May 4, 2010


Piping plovers have been very busy this past week. The first four nests of the season have been found, all on the Point at Cape Henlopen. As of April 29, none of the nests contained a full clutch of four eggs, but it is likely that clutches will be full early this week.

Two of the nests had been covered by sand by the strong winds earlier last week, but the April 29 survey revealed that the plovers had dug the eggs out of the sand and were forging ahead despite the challenging conditions.

“Surveys at Gordons Pond are being conducted about every other day and it is just a matter of time before the first piping plover nest is found there,” said Wildlife Biologist Matthew Bailey.

Volunteers who would like to help monitor the progress of Delaware’s endangered piping plovers and other beachnesters this season are invited to a free training session from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 15, at the Biden Center at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes.

The session will begin with refreshments and a slideshow, followed by a discussion on the monitoring program and how volunteers can help to ensure that our beachnesting shorebirds are given the peace and quiet they need to successfully rear their chicks. Weather permitting, the group will finish out the session by going out to the Point at Cape Henlopen to look for piping plovers and other shorebirds that will likely be out on the tidal flats feeding. Volunteers are encouraged to bring their own scopes or binoculars if they have them.

Preregistration is encouraged, but attendees also will be accepted at the door. Park entrance fees will be waived for volunteers attending the training by notifying the fee booth attendant. For more information, please contact Wildlife Biologist Matt Bailey at 302-382-4151 or email

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