Smith Point Outer Beach is closed to all vehicles until further notice due to the presence of unfledged piping plover chicks, the Suffolk County Parks Department announced Wednesday.
The closure is required by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, officials said.
Piping plovers are considered a threatened species under federal guidelines. They are considered endangered in New York State, meaning they face a “very high risk” of extinction in the wild, according to the World Wildlife Federation.
County officials said the situation is being monitored daily for updates and that for now those with Outer Beach 4×4 access permits can park in the main lot at Smith Point “at no charge.”