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Lewes in Sussex County, Delaware — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Delaware’s Beachnesters

Delaware’s Beachnesters Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 4, 1999
1. Delaware’s Beachnesters Marker
Inscription.  Each spring, upon arrival from their Central and South American wintering grounds, Delaware beachnesters establish colonies and take part in courtship rituals. The birds lay their eggs in shallow nests scraped into the sand mostly between the dunes and the hightide mark. Within few hours of hatching, the chicks are able to run and swim. Feeding and brooding of the young is shared equally by both male and female beachnesters.

But many things interfere with successful breeding. Stormtides, excessive heat predators, domestic pets and human intruders often destroy nests. Disturbance of resting areas causes many adults to abandon their eggs and can prevent the proper nurturing of chicks.

Since individual colonies of beachnesters concentrate their efforts on only a few nesting sites a season, each breeding area is critical to the survival of a colony as a whole.

Be a friend to the beachnesters by respecting all fenced or posted areas for their protection.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Animals.
Location. 38° 47.721′ N, 75° 5.516′ 

Osprey platform image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Don Morfe, April 4, 1999
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W. Marker is in Lewes, Delaware, in Sussex County. Marker is on Post Road. The marker is located at the point of Cape Henlopen State Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lewes DE 19958, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Osprey (here, next to this marker); The Ever Changing Cape Henlopen (a few steps from this marker); William J. Hopkins (approx. 0.8 miles away); Delaware Breakwater Quarantine Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); Quarantine Station (approx. 0.8 miles away); German Submarine at Cape Henlopen (approx. 0.8 miles away); Fort Miles Artillery Park (approx. 1.2 miles away); 155mm Gun (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lewes.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 249 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2016, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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Sep. 29, 2022