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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

2010 Prenesting Closure Information Available to the Public

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Date: February 19, 2010
Contact: Cyndy Holda, 252-473-2111  Ext. 148

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that the Cape Hatteras National Seashore (CAHA) 2010 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:

 

http://parkplanning.nps.gov/documentsList.cfm?parkId=358&projectId=13331

 

Park natural resource staff conducted the annual assessment of piping plover (PIPL) breeding habitat and identified prenesting 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, 2010 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?

This artist's rendering shows the U.S.S. Monitor foundering in a storm off of Cape Hatteras in December 1862.

The U.S.S. Monitor sank off Cape Hatteras during a storm in December 1862. The wreck's location was a mystery until 1973 when a research vessel found the ship 16 miles off the cape in 230 feet of water. In 1975, the Monitor was named the nation’s first National Marine Sanctuary.