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Why is Plum Island Beach Closing on April 1?  For the piping plovers, that's why.

If you have always been particularly perplexed about why the beaches close for the Piping Plovers, well it's happening again at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Beach on Plum Island, as it does every year at about this time.

The closing is meant to protect the piping plovers nesting, according to newburyportnews.com. 

According to the Audubon society, the status of the piping plover is "threatened or endangered."

This explains why we steer clear of them when they are trying to reproduce.  It's not the only time of year that we move out of their way, however.

Last year, you may recall, the fireworks on Hampton Beach did not happen because the piping plovers apparently spread out due to the lack of people on the beach and made their nests all over the place.

Ever wonder what we do about other endangered species?  Shouldn't we close something for them too?

What about the Karmer Blue Butterfly or the Golden Eagle?

Either way, check out this beautiful video of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.  It's such a beautiful place.


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