Plover Update – May 30th, 2024

Madelyn Kaplin
ACE Shorebird Biology and Visitor Services Member
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge

“Over the past 2-3 weeks, plover nesting has begun! As of Tuesday, there are 36 pairs on the beach, with 26 active nests. Pairs are nesting relatively close (within a 1/10 of a mile) to the North and South closures so that you may see them from the boundary line.”

Important Note

“We’ve had a few incidences where there is confusion about the refuge regulations regarding people fishing out in the water from the closed beach, mostly at Sandy Point. Emerson Rocks is a good place to fish for striped bass, so I know some people are eager to fish out there. I’ll clarify the regulations here in case you get questions about this issue or interact with someone attempting to walk out and fish from the South Beach closure area.”
“The refuge owns the beach down to the mean low water line (not the mean high water line, as is the case at other refuges). If necessary, the refuge can also close the entire intertidal zone to all uses under the Constitution’s Supremacy Clause to protect a federally listed endangered species. There is an MA state law (the “Colonial Ordinance of 1647”) that gives the public access to private and state-owned intertidal zones for “fishing, fowling, and navigating” purposes– Please, the federal law supersedes this state law, so the state law does not apply to the Parker River NWR property.”

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