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 »
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.
Bird Counts & Monitoring
Nesting Success Reports
Endangered Plant Species
Nutrient Composition and Selection, 2009 (pdf, 742 kb)
New additions to the Ocracoke Pony Herd (Cape Hatteras National Seashore), 2009 (pdf, 21 kb)
Did You Know?
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