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Concert cancellation at Gateway NRA raised hackles, but rare plovers flourish as a result

HIGHLANDS, NJ — Earlier this summer, many people were dismayed when the National Park Service announced it was canceling the Sandy Hook summer concert series due to the discovery of piping plover nesting grounds at Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook.

However, this week the federal park service affirmed their decision that canceling the concerts was the right move and that Sandy Hook's piping plovers have wrapped up another successful breeding season — thanks in no small part to being left alone and undisturbed by loud concert music and curious passersby.

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