Piping plovers thriving at Cape Henlopen

July 12, 2009 8:05:19 AM PDT
Delaware environmental officials say piping plovers are thriving at Cape Henlopen State Park.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control officials say over the Fourth of July weekend, three new plover nests were found, three plover nests hatched and two plover chicks fledged.

Wildlife biologist Matthew Bailey says it usually takes 30 days for a plover chick to be able to fly 50 feet or more.

One fledgling was seen on the ocean side of the nesting area at Gordons Pond, the other on the bay side of the point.

Bailey says three other nests have hatched on the point so far this year, resulting in 11 chicks.

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