• Cape Lookout Lighthouse from Barden Inlet

    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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  • Change in Harkers Island Visitor Center Hours

    The Harkers Island Visitor Center is open Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

  • Morehead City Harbor Dredged Material Management Plan

    Cape Lookout National Seashore is a cooperating agency in the Morehead City Harbor Integrated Dredged Material Management Plan being developed by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. The full plan draft can be downloaded from the following link. More »

Wildlife Management

Sharing the beach

The beach is more than a place to come enjoy a warm, summer’s day, for sea turtles and many shore birds the beach is a nursery for their young. Some endangered plants, such as Sea Beach Amaranth, only grow on specific areas of the beach. And the wild horses of Shackleford depend exclusively on the resources of their island.

The National Park Service must balance the needs of those who use the beach for recreation with the needs of those who use the beach and islands for survival. For this reason, the park’s resource management staff spends most of the spring and summer monitoring and marking the areas needed by nesting shore birds and sea turtles as well as endangered plant species. The Shackleford horses are monitored all year.

The reports listed below tell us how we are doing in sharing the beach with those who need the beach for survival.

 
Wildlife Management at CALO
 

Bird Counts & Monitoring

Red Knot Wilson's Plover Colonial Nesting Waterbirds
2013 (pdf, 680 kb) 2013 (pdf, 12 kb) 2013 (pdf, 548 kb)
2012 (pdf, 509 kb) 2012 (pdf, 13 kb) 2012 (pdf, 289 kb)
2011 (pdf, 409 kb) 2011 (pdf, 11 kb) 2011 (pdf, 331 kb)
2010 (pdf, 240 kb) 2010 (pdf, 11 kb) 2010 (pdf, 311 kb)
2009 (pdf, 383 kb) 2009 (pdf, 12 kb) 2009 (pdf, 441 kb)
2008 (pdf, 713 kb) 2008 (pdf, 11.8 kb) 2008 (pdf, 167 kb)
2007 (pdf, 506 kb) 2007 (pdf, 21.1 kb) 2007 (pdf, 170 kb)
2006 (pdf, 312 kb)
 

Nesting Success Reports

Sea Turtles American Oystercatchers Piping Plovers
2013 (pdf, 1.01 MB) 2013 (pdf, 720 kb) 2013 (pdf, 1.38 MB)
2012 (pdf, 552 KB) 2012 (pdf, 590 kb) 2012 (pdf, 3.6 MB)
2011 (pdf, 1.15 MB) 2011 (pdf, 653 KB) 2011 (pdf, 1.27 MB)
2010 (pdf, 1.10 MB) 2010 (pdf, 636 kb) 2010 (pdf, 1.2 MB)
2009 (pdf, 1.13 MB) 2009 (pdf, 833 kb) 2009 (pdf, 5 MB)
2008 (pdf, 1.07 MB) 2008 (pdf, 561 kb) 2008 (pdf, 12.7 MB)
2007 (pdf, 566 kb) 2007 (pdf, 583 kb) 2007 (pdf, 9.85 MB)
2006 (pdf, 513 kb) 2006 (pdf, 246 kb) 2006 (pdf, 277 kb)
2005 (pdf, 511 kb) 2005 (pdf, 240 kb) 2005 summary (pdf, 17.6 kb)
2004 (pdf, 458 kb) 2004 (pdf, 326 kb) 2004 (pdf, 232 kb)
2003 (pdf, 370 kb) 2003 (pdf, 936 kb) 2003 (pdf, 208 kb)
2002 (pdf, 366 kb) 2002 (pdf, 313 kb) 2002 (pdf, 167 kb)
2001 (pdf, 365 kb) 2001 (pdf, 234 kb) 2001 (pdf, 186 kb)
2000 (pdf, 364 kb) 2000 (pdf, 33 kb) 2000 (pdf, 116 kb)
1999 (pdf, 98 kb) 1999 (pdf, 47 kb)
1998 (pdf, 27 kb)
 

Endangered Plant Species

Sea Beach Amaranth
2013 (pdf, 553 KB)
2012 (pdf, 1.5 MB) 2011 (pdf, 554 KB)
2010 (pdf, 538 KB) 2009 (pdf, 278 KB)
2008 (pdf, 273 KB) 2007 (pdf, 335 KB)


Shackleford Banks Wild Horses

Herd Findings Reports
2013 (pdf, 263 kb)
2012 (pdf, 179 kb) 2011 (pdf, 380 kb)
2010 (pdf, 381 kb) 2009 (pdf, 49 kb)
2008 (pdf, 90 kb) 2007 (pdf, 28 kb)
2006 (pdf, 38 kb) 2005 (pdf, 39 kb)
2004 (pdf, 67 kb) 2003 (pdf, 67 kb)
2002 (pdf, 38 kb) 2001 (pdf, 83 kb)
2000 (pdf, 39 kb) 1999 (pdf, 49 kb)

 

Research Reports:

Shackleford Horses

Nutrient Composition and Selection, 2009 (pdf, 742 kb)

 
Ocracoke Herd Manager Laura Michaels and Sacajawea

Ocracoke Herd Manager Laura Michaels and Sacajawea, a 2 year-old Shackleford filly.

NPS

New additions to the Ocracoke Pony Herd (Cape Hatteras National Seashore), 2009 (pdf, 21 kb)

Did You Know?

Racoon hiding on the beach

Many animals will use the beach and vegetation to hide in plain sight. Their fur, feathers, or scales help them blend in with their environment to provide protection against predators. Cape Lookout Natioanl Seashore