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Sussex Countian
  • Gordons Pond beach re-opens, with piping plovers all fledged

  • A portion of ocean shoreline at Cape Henlopen State Park's Gordons Pond is scheduled to open on the morning of July 25.
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  • A portion of ocean shoreline at Cape Henlopen State Park's Gordons Pond is scheduled to open on the morning of July 25.
    The shoreline was closed to vehicles and pedestrians May 21 to protect nesting piping plovers, which are listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, and other beach nesting birds from disturbance during their breeding period. A rare plant species that is also regularly found at Gordons Pond is seabeach amaranth, which is listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act. This season, amaranth has already been found at Gordon's Pond.
    Each year, the ocean shoreline beach at Gordons Pond re-opens when the last beach-nesting bird has fledged there. The dunes and interdunal areas at Gordons Pond remain closed to the public year-round to protect seabeach amaranth plants and numerous other rare species and plant communities that exist in this area.

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