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    Cape Lookout

    National Seashore North Carolina

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

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    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 »


You're Healthy, but How is Your Island?

When islands are unhealthy, they don't run a fever. They stop being able to support life. The plant and animal species that depend on that island to survive have to find another place to live or they will die. This video explains how the number of American Oystercatchers nesting on an island can indicate if the island is healthy or not.

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The Eastern Brown Pelican

While some birds prefer to build there nests away from other birds, others--like the Eastern Brown Pelican--will nest in colonies, large groups with nests only a few feet apart. Discover the nesting habits of this colonial shorebird as you journey to an island near the park which supports a pelican colony.

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Royal Terns and Sandwich Terns

Uncover the nesting habits of these two species of tern as well as the method used to track tern populations on one of the uninhabited islands near the park.

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Life of a Loggerhead: Sea Turtles of Cape Lookout

Learn about the life cycle of loggerhead sea turtles, why they are threatened with extinction, and what we can do to help save these amazing reptiles.

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Horses Pod

Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks

In the southern portion of Cape Lookout National Seashore, there lies an island which is home to one of the few remaining wild horse herds in the eastern United States. Discover their history and learn more about the lives of the Shackleford horses.

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Did You Know?

Aerial view of Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks

Barrier islands, such as those of Cape Lookout National Seashore, are piles of sand. As storms come up from the ocean the beaches are constantly rearranged.