- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

LEWES, Del. (AP) - The oceanside beach at Cape Henlopen State Park has been reopened now that some newly hatched piping plover chicks are able to fly.

Four piping plover chicks were born this year at Gordons Pond in the park. A half-mile stretch of the shoreline was closed to vehicles and pedestrians starting in May to protect the endangered shorebirds during their breeding period.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the beach was reopened on Friday.

DNREC says American oystercatchers and least terns also nested at Gordons Pond this year. Those birds are also endangered in Delaware.

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