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Plover Season ends, beaches open

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Vandenberg game and wildlife officials opened Vandenberg beaches Sept. 17 after Western Snowy Plover chicks left the premises.

An annual breeding ground for the bird, the beaches remain closed from March 1 into September due to an agreement between the base and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect the plover population, said Darryl York, a 30th Civil Engineer Squadron wildlife biologist.

Beach goers should be reminded to follow all posted beach guidelines when enjoying Vandenberg's coast. These include: 

-No littering (including fishing bait and fish remains). Please use trash containers located at beach entry points.

-No pets.

-No camping.

-No beach fires.

-No fireworks.

-No kite flying.

-No feeding wildlife.

-No horses or ATV's (except for authorized enforcement personnel).

-Violators of beach rules may be fined up to $5,000.

-Violation limits have been imposed for Surf beach (50), which is open to the public; Wall Beach (10); and Minuteman Beach (10). If limits are exceeded on any beach, that beach will be closed for the remainder of the nesting season.