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  • Endangered oystercatcher chick, parents relocated to Indian River

  • A four-day old American oystercatcher chick that hatched June 8 on the wrong side of Route 1 near the Indian River Inlet Bridge was safely relocated, along with its parents, to the bayside of Delaware Seashore State Park on June 12.
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  • A four-day old American oystercatcher chick that hatched June 8 on the wrong side of Route 1 near the Indian River Inlet Bridge was safely relocated, along with its parents, to the bayside of Delaware Seashore State Park on June 12.
    The American oystercatcher is listed as an endangered species in Delaware with only about 25 breeding pairs estimated in the state. The species is considered rare on the East Coast, and is also listed as endangered in several other mid-Atlantic states.
    Matthew Bailey, the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s beachnester biologist, coordinated the effort to move the chick. Bailey and members of the Division of Fish and Wildlife's Species and Conservation and Research Program captured the oystercatcher near its nest among the open oceanside dunes, while additional Fish and Wildlife and Parks staff members lined the edge of the road to act as catchers.
    To view the video, click youtube.com/watch?v=wlSB9Btcn48&feature=youtu.be.
    For more information: (302) 382-4151.

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