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Central Coast Beach Temporarily Closed To Protect Breeding Ground For Endangered Birds

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Michael L. Baird
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A Central Coast beach which is a breeding ground for an endangered species of bird has been closed from now through Labor Day weekend, to protect the birds.

The Air Force closed Surf Beach, on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Because the birds nest on the sand, they are susceptible to humans, dogs, and horses disrupting their breeding process. While a certain number of beach violations are allowed, once they reach a threshold the area is closed. The closures happen on a regular basis.

Nearby Wall and Minuteman beaches remain open to the public, although they also have posted no trespassing areas to protect plovers.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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