Rare bird closes Duxbury beaches
DUXBURY, Mass. (WHDH) – A rare breed of birds have caused Duxbury beaches to close.
The piping plovers are small shore birds and they chose these beaches to do their nesting. As a result, most all of the beach will be closing Friday night and there will be no four wheeling allowed in the sand. Access in the nesting area has already been restricted.
“I’m all for save the birds, but give us a refund. It’s so simple,” said Judy Durfee.
She is disabled and battling cancer. Her family helped her come up with nearly 300 dollars so she could jump in her Jeep and use a non-resident oversand permit to ride over the dunes, a popular activity in this area.
But because of the birds, she can no longer fulfill this wish.
“This is what I do to go out there and just relax and now I can’t,” said Durfee.
Duxbury said it had no choice but to limit access to the beaches. In a statement released, a Duxbury official said “We realize that these temporary restrictions and closures will most likely not be the most popular decision amongst the beach going community.” The statement said nothing about refunding the money for the off road beach permits.
And residents have been impacted too, but they only pay $160 for permits to drive on the beach. Austin Schofield is a kite surfer and since this closure, he is having a hard time getting his kite board out to the beach.
“I’m pretty annoyed by it. They can manage the beach better and let us use the beach and still not interrupt the plovers by monitoring the nest area,” said Schofield.
It takes up to two months for the plovers to hatch and learn how to fly, but it's possible the birds could move on because of a sudden storm or something else. The beaches could be closed until July 15 and there could be 9,000 permits that need to be refunded because of this. The board of selectman will be dealing with this issue on Monday night.