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    Cape Hatteras

    National Seashore North Carolina

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Establishes

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Date: March 9, 2011
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

Outer Banks Group Superintendent Mike Murray announced today that National Park Service (NPS) staff will establish the 2011 pre-nesting areas for breeding shorebirds in Cape Hatteras National Seashore during the week of March 7 in accordance with the terms of the consent decree.

These temporary closures will be installed on sections of the Bodie Island Spit, Cape Point, South Beach, Hatteras Inlet Spit, North Ocracoke Spit and South Point Ocracoke by March 15, 2011. The pre-nesting areas will be marked with "symbolic fencing" consisting of wooden posts, bird usage signs, string and flagging tape.

Dates and locations for the installation of specific pre-nesting areas will be determined by prevailing weather and tide conditions. Maps of the pre-nesting areas were posted to the PEPC website on February, 18, 2011, and are currently available for viewing at:


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

Did You Know?

The Principal Lightkeeper's Quarters and the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse move toward their new homes, a safer distance from the ocean.

The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse is the tallest brick structure ever moved. When it was built in 1870, it stood 1,500 feet from the shore. By 1999, the lighthouse was within 100 feet of the ocean. To protect it from the encroaching sea, it was moved inland a total of 2,900 feet over a 23-day period.