Associated Press: NY's Fire Island debris effort faces bird deadline

Piping Plover
Photo courtesy of US Fish and Wildlife Services

Old refrigerators and stoves, rotting wood, sheet rock and vegetation make up the mammoth amount of Superstorm Sandy debris waiting to be hauled off Fire Island, the 32-mile-long barrier island east of New York City that is a vacation destination for tens of thousands every summer.

Homeowners and businesses are anxious to prepare — and repair — ahead of the vacation season but one visitor's planned arrival is creating an even more pressing deadline.

The return of an endangered bird species known as the piping plover will soon severely restrict truck access as fences are erected to protect their sensitive nesting areas on the beach.

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