The beach access to Chappy across the beach at Norton Point is still closed to over-sand vehicles. There are more than 10 plover nests and groups of chicks between the Dike Bridge, around Wasque and along the length of Norton Point. The closures are expected to continue in one form or another for several more weeks. Access for OSVs is open from the Dike Bridge northward to the Elbow. The Trustees of Reservation are carefully watching a couple of plover nests in that area to see what the chicks do when they hatch. 

Shorebirds in general are doing well this year. Plovers seem more abundant and so far, have had few nest failures. American Oystercatchers have been nesting and renesting but predation seems to be having a heavy impact on their nests on Chappy and Norton Point this summer.

Just a reminder, that OSV permits must be pre-purchased online and that the permits can be picked up seven days a week at the Mytoi gatehouse: Also, due to Covid-19, the Trustees ask everyone who plans on visiting Mytoi, Cape Poge or Wasque on foot or car to pre-purchase their tickets online as well at

Even members who get in for free are asked to obtain a free permit online before visiting their favorite properties. The five-dollar admission fee for non-members gets you access to all three properties on the same day for the single fee. 

Even with the parade and fireworks canceled, I fear that the Fourth of July will still be mayhem. Last weekend, Edgartown felt overrun with people ignoring universally recognized health safeguards. It’s astonishing to me how many people are so eager to participate personally in the process of evolution. Apparently, the Vineyard has earned an exemption from worldly concerns.