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Martha's Vineyard Surfcasters
Martha's Vineyard
Surfcasters Association
P.O. Box 3053
Edgartown, MA 02539

TTOR Chappy and Norton Point Beach Update as of 7/31/17. (Thanks to Chris Kennedy, Superintendent TTOR)

Aug 1

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8/1/2017 12:28 PM  RssIcon

We have just published a new beach update on our Facebook page.  We have most of Leland Beach open (small section in the middle is still closed to protect one last group of plover chicks).  Access around Wasque Point is still impassable due to erosion--it comes and goes almost daily.  The chicks at the Narrows just north of the Dike Bridge are 28 days old today and are expected to begin flying in the next few days, so that will be the next spot to reopen later this week.  Once that happens, we know we will be able to get vehicles as far as Aruda's Point but we still have chicks (plovers and terns) around the Jetties.  We'll need to see where they go in the next week but they seem to be spending more and more time north of the rockpiles at the Jetties.


“We have seen the second adult tern killed this summer on Norton Point late yesterday.  The adult Common tern was found in the vehicle track and had been run over.  At this point we cannot say if the adult was killed by a predator first and then run over or the other way around.  In any case we are heavily patrolling the stretch of beach from the eastern end of Norton Point to Wasque where there are several hundred terns hanging out preparing for their southward migration next month.   The Environmental Police are investigating the first tern which was  run over on Cape Poge two weeks ago.    They have also been helpful in convincing Cape Poge residents to stay out of closed shorebird areas.  I wish there was a way to convince beach drivers that these young birds really aren't vehicle savvy yet.  Any help the Surfcaster's members could provide us in reporting speeding OSV's would be helpful.  All we need is a plate number and we'll do the rest.


Chris Kennedy”