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Piping Plover Nest Hatches Closing Cape Point

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Date: May 14, 2012
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-473-2111

The National Park Service announces that the first piping plover nest of the season has hatched at Cape Point, resulting in the temporary closure of the area from Ramp 43 south to the tip of Cape Point.Effective Saturday, May 12, 2012, Ramp 44 is closed and ORV and pedestrian access is prohibited beyond that point.In addition, Ramp 45 and the Interdunal Road are closed to ORV and pedestrian access.Ramp 43 remains open with ORV and pedestrian access 0.4 of a mile north.

For information on areas within the Seashore that remain open for recreational uses, see:

http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htmor call 252-473-2111 ext. 148.


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.