• Spring-time view of the seashore, with shorebirds returning to the surf.

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

2009 Pre-nesting Closure Information Available to the Public

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Date: February 20, 2009
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA) 2009 pre-nesting closure summary description and maps have been released and are available to the public on the PEPC website under the Interim Protected Species Management Strategy project at:


Park natural resource staff conducted the annual assessment of piping plover (PIPL) breeding habitat and identified pre-nesting areas based on current habitat conditions and consideration of PIPL breeding activity in recent years. The pre-nesting areas will be established by March 15, 2009 in accordance with the consent decree. Temporary resource protection areas are established to protect threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers and sea turtles, and for species of concern, including American oystercatchers and colonial waterbirds (terns and black skimmers). Visitors are reminded that pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash no greater than 6 feet on all National Seashore beaches.

For more information, call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.



Did You Know?

A navigational chart showing Cape Hatteras and Diamond Shoals

When the Home sank on Diamond Shoals off of Cape Hatteras in 1837, there were only two life jackets for all 130 people on board. Ninety people died. Congress passed the Steamboat Act the next year, requiring all vessels to carry one life jacket per passenger.