Plover Nest Area Reopens

A wide section of the beach at Gin Beach was closed for most of the summer because piping plovers were nesting in the area. Janis Hewitt

     Since the beginning of summer a wide swath at Gin Beach at the end of East Lake Drive in Montauk has been roped off for a piping plover nest, causing many to wonder why, since no birds or a nest were visible.
    Tyler Borsack, an environmental technician for the East Hampton Town Planning Department, said that a nest with four chicks was found by a Suffolk County employee in early June. County land runs adjacent to the town-owned beach and is usually where the nests are established.
    “We’ve never had them here before,” Mr. Borsack said of the town land. He said the nest was about 10 feet east of the jetty and that only three of the chicks survived.
    He said they hatched around July 8 and that town employees checked on them weekly. Last they checked, the chicks were up and about. “I suppose we could take it down now,” he said when asked how long the roping would be up.
    Access to that area was restored earlier this week.