- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

LEWES, Del. (AP) - Four chicks have hatched in the first piping plover nest of the season at Cape Henlopen State Park.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced the arrival of the chicks on Tuesday.

DNREC biologist Matthew Bailey says three more piping plover pairs are incubating nests on the Point in Cape Henlopen State Park, and two of the nests are due to hatch any time now. A pair of piping plovers at Gordons Pond is continuing preparations for nesting.

The piping plover was listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act in 1986. Piping plover nesting areas at Cape Henlopen State Park are closed annually to protect the shorebirds from disturbance during their nesting season from March into September.

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