The Point at Cape Henlopen State Park, including a stretch of ocean beach and dunes and a half mile along the bay shoreline, will close beginning March 1 for the benefit of threatened and endangered beach nesting and migratory shorebirds, including red knot, piping plovers, oystercatchers, least terns and other species.

The nesting habitat on the ocean side will reopen Sept. 1. The bayside beach will remain closed until Oct. 1 for use by shorebirds migrating south for the winter.

Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Divisions of Parks & Recreation, Fish & Wildlife and Watershed Stewardship have worked together since 1990 to implement a management plan to halt the decline of beach nesting and migratory shorebird populations. The Point has been closed annually since 1993.

For information, call 645-8983.