- Associated Press - Monday, May 18, 2015

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Wildlife officials are closing a half-mile stretch of Gordons Pond Beach after the first piping plover nest of the season was found.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says the beach between the Observation Towers and the Herring Point crossover will be closed to the public starting on Wednesday

DNREC wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey said in a news release Monday that the half-mile stretch of beach in Cape Henlopen State Park likely will stay closed until late August, when the last of the plover chicks are able to fly.

The piping plover, a small shorebird, is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

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