USNPS cancels popular free concert series after nest of endangered plover found near site
HIGHLANDS, NJ — There's at least one group cheering the National Park Service's controversial decision to stop offering free concerts at Sandy Hook this summer, due to the discovery of piping plover nests: The New Jersey Sierra Club.
"Piping plovers are a very unique, endangered species and they have to be protected. Cancelling the Sandy Hook concert series will help assure that piping plover nests at Sandy Hook will not be damaged," said Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club. "The concerts would bring in lots of people who could trample on the nests. The noise also scares the birds and can disrupt the nesting. The National Park Service and the Sandy Hook Foundation made the right call by cancelling the concerts."