Beach Concerts Cancelled-Nesting Birds

A concert series on a popular New Jersey beach was canceled this summer to protect dozens of piping plovers nesting there.

SANDY HOOK, N.J. — A concert series on a popular New Jersey beach was canceled this summer to protect dozens of shorebirds nesting there.

Piping plovers usually only visit Sandy Hook but this year, unusually, they’ve decided to build more than 20 nests.

Sandy Hook Foundation made the announcement Thursday.

National Park Service officials said noise disturbs the plovers, which are federally protected shorebirds.

Sandy Hook is part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, which encompasses parts of New York City and New Jersey.

Gateway Superintendent Jen Nersesian said they want “these special birds to thrive.”

She said alternate locations for the concerts were scouted, but a suitable spot wasn’t found.