The Town of Dennis today announced the closing of Chapin Beach to ORVs (off-road vehicles) due to the presence of piping plovers. ORVs will be banned from the popular Cape Cod Bay beach until further notice.
Piping plovers are also responsible for banning dogs this week from Chapin Beach and Crowes Pasture, another ORV bay beach. When ORVs are allowed on the two beaches, dogs are also allowed if leashed. But according to the town's ORV regulations, dogs are banned once a piping plover nest is found.
It isn't the first time--or the last time--access to Cape beaches is restricted due to nesting piping plovers.
At the end of last month, the Town of Dennis closed a portion of the West Dennis Beach parking lot because of piping plover activity.
See the Town of Dennis ORV regulations here.
Piping plovers are listed as threatened on both the state and federal level. According to the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game, the commonwealth has the largest population of breeding Piping Plovers on the East Coast. To learn more about piping plovers, click here.