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Beach Closed For Endangered Chicks

Posted July 19, 2007

— Beachgoers are being asked to make way for endangered birds recently hatched along the Oregon Inlet.

The National Park service shut down nearly a mile of beach near the Bonner Bridge to protect the piping plovers.

The fragile, 6-inch birds are protected under the Endangered Species Act.

The beach could reopn in about a month after the chicks can fly, said park rangers.


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  • yougottabekidding Jul 19, 2007

    I agree that we should protect these chicks, they taste much better when they are full grown and then there would be enough for everyone to have some. No really, live and let live. I just as soon go to Wrightsville Beach any way. Give em some space and if nature wants them to survive they will flourish.

  • luv2surffish Jul 19, 2007


    the dumb birds don't know enough to nets away from the high tide line. most get washed away in a good blow, or the greenies with the little spy glasses birdwatching step on them or run over them...

  • tarheelalum Jul 19, 2007

    You can feel that animals are here to serve man and still find that to be ridiculous.

  • tarheelalum Jul 19, 2007

    luv2surf: Why would you think animals are here to serve and feed man? I mean really, what's more important...one mile of beach for some people to recreate(With the many more miles still available, as well as other recreation opportunities) or the survival of a species?

  • dollarsocks Jul 19, 2007

    Sometimes I wonder if the people who came up with some of these stupid "endangered species" protection laws were around in the olden days, we would be having to dodge dinasour (whatever) droppings with our cars due to them being protected also. The world is changing and if the species can't adapt, they should go.

  • silverflash Jul 19, 2007

    well, if/when the shroom clouds rise far above the earth, i am sure they will make a fine and tasty meal, along with my mole-crab stew....and my turtle soup....but until then, while food is relatively cheap and plentiful, sure, let them have their little slice of the beach. As long as I can access enough beach to avoid most people, I am happy....

  • owlady Jul 19, 2007

    We must protect natures food chain, and protecting *chicks* is an especially good deed.

  • beauty comes from within Jul 19, 2007

    Why are animals now considered more important than humans?

  • I_love_ the_ News Jul 19, 2007

    I hope the sea gulls & the crab don't kill them.
    Cute birds !

  • methinks Jul 19, 2007

    I understand about protecting these birds, but a whole mile? Good Lord, how many birds are there that they need a whole mile just for themselves?