Duxbury: Beach set to close for more than a month due to Piping Plovers

A bird in danger of extinction is closing Duxbury Beach for more than a month.

Duxbury officials say quite a few Piping Plovers, an endangered bird species, were found setting up nests on the beach.

“To date, 18 pairs of plovers have been confirmed on Duxbury Beach with 15 pairs actually having constructed nests along the beach. As a result of the location of the nests, a large portion of the Duxbury Beach will be restricted or closed beginning this Friday on June 7th at 11p.m.,” said Town Manager Rene Read

Read said the beach will remain closed until around July 15th but one area will stay open, “At this time, the only portion of the Duxbury Beach that’s going to remain open is the resident/pedestrian beach and the associated parking lot to permitted residential vehicles.”

The Harbormaster Department said it’ll be updating its website, DuxburyHarbormaster.org, with restriction and access information twice a day at 9:00 a.m and 3:00 p.m.

The Harbormaster Department has released a map of the temporary beach closures: http://www.town.duxbury.ma.us/Public_Documents/DuxburyMA_BBoard/0402ECCF-000F8513

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