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

    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Access Update for the East Side of Cape Point

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Date: July 29, 2008
Contact: Outer Banks Group, (252) 473-2111 ext: 148

Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that the east side of Cape Point has reopened to off-road vehicle (ORV) access effective immediately. The area is now open to ORV traffic from 6:00 am until 10:00 pm daily. The nighttime prohibition on beach driving is still in effect throughout the Seashore from 10:00 pm until 6 am.

The nesting season for beach nesting bird species is winding down in the Cape Point area; however, colonial waterbird nests and chicks are still present in the pre-nesting area west of Cape Point. This area is still posted with signs and symbolic fencing as being closed to vehicles, pedestrian and all pets. Staff will continue to monitor the area for bird nesting activity, as well as for an increased number of sea turtle nests in the area.

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

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Did You Know?

Lightning whelks are one of the few species of

Lightning whelks eat about one large clam per month. The whelk pries the clam open with its muscular foot, wedges the clam open with its shell, then eats the soft inside of the clam. Lightning whelk shells, which whorl to the left, wash up on the beach at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.