June 18, 2019
A concert series on the popular Jersey shore has been canceled this summer to protect dozens of shorebirds nesting there.
A piping plover nest was found at Sandy Hook’s Beach E last week in the same area used for the Sandy Hook Foundation summer beach concert series, according to park officials.
National Park Service officials say noise disturbs the plovers, which are federally protected shorebirds.
“In order to fulfill the park’s legal obligations and give the birds the greatest chance possible at nesting success, this year’s concert series has been cancelled,” a statement from park officials said.
Piping plovers usually only visit Sandy Hook but this year, unusually, they’ve decided to build more than 20 nests.
“We are disappointed right alongside our visitors, but appreciate everyone’s support in helping to save a species on the brink,” said Jen Nersesian, Gateway National Recreation Area’s Superintendent.
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