Saturday, July 23rd, 2016

Violations During Snowy Plover Nesting Season Lead To Surf Beach Closure

Snowy-PloverA threatened bird may interrupt your beach plans this month. Vandenberg Air Force Base officials have closed Surf Beach for three weeks starting today because of violations during the Western Snowy Plover nesting season.

They close sections of Surf, Minuteman, and Wall Beaches annually from March 1st through September 30th to help the birds’ recovery.

Rules are posted at each beach explaining appropriate beach use during these months.

Breaking these rules can result in a $5,000 fine in federal court.  If you violate the Endangered Species Act, such as crushing eggs or chicks, you can be fined up to $50,000 in federal court.

The Vandenberg Air Force Base website says there have been 30 violations at Surf Beach so far this year.

The beach will be off limits to the public for the entire breeding season if the maximum number of violations is reached.