New Jersey Audubon: Sandy Hook Opens and Birders Rejoice

Sandy Hook

Six long months have passed since that gal named Sandy added a new chapter to life at the Jersey Shore.  Now following the protracted pause, birders are anxiously awaiting that opportunity to bird their beloved Sandy Hook.  The Hook was devastated by the storm and will be open today May 1, with limited access to many locations in the park.  The National Park Service is hopeful to have the beaches open for month’s end.  Everyone’s first experience out there will sure be eye-opening. 

Sandy Hook is truly one of the best year-round birding hotspots in the state and was sorely missed by birders this winter.  Piping Plover and Least Tern, both NJ endangered species rely on the Hook for nesting.  There are an estimated 8,000 Piping Plover left in existence, yet last year the Hook produced 50 pair nesting that fledged over 100 young.  This is a testament to the importance of this location.

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