Portions of the Fowler Beach area of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, which includes the bay beach, dunes and back-barrier portions, will close beginning March 26 for the benefit of federally- and state-protected beach-nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least

terns and other species.

When visiting Prime Hook beaches during beach-nesting bird season, remember to obey all posted signs and barriers, keep your pets at home and remain at the water’s edge unless otherwise indicated via symbolic fencing.

Open areas at Fowler Beach are for wildlife-dependent recreation and active surf fishing only.

The beach nesting habitat will re-open Oct. 1 for full use by wildlife dependent visitors.

For more, call 684-8419 or visit fws.gov/refuge/prime_hook.