Cape Point closed, update on nesting shorebirds

Published 8:23 am Thursday, May 28, 2020

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On Saturday, May 23, Cape Point, the popular fishing destination on Hatteras Island, was closed to protect two American oystercatcher chicks.

A protective buffer for the nest was installed April 5 and the hatching of the eggs on May 23 resulted in an expanded protection area that includes the Bypass Road.

The beach at ORV Ramp 44 is open for 0.36 miles toward Cape Point.

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Cape Point Campground is closed until Thursday, May 28 due to flooding. All reservations for this time frame have been canceled and refunds will be issued.

Reservations for campgrounds at Oregon Inlet, Frisco Beach and Ocracoke can be made at

A field resource survey was filed Saturday, May 23. The survey lists the nests and chicks counted by National Park Service staff on national seashore beaches.

Active American oystercatcher nests at Cape Point number three and elsewhere on Hatteras Island, oystercatcher nests number five. One active nest is on Bodie Island and seven are active on Ocracoke.

Cape Point has the only active piping plover nest in the seashore as of May 23.

Active colonial waterbird nests number 66 at Cape Point, 65 elsewhere on Hatteras Island and 44 on Ocracoke.

As of May 23, two sea turtle nests have been located. Overall, 29 loggerhead sea turtle nests have been counted on North Carolina beaches.

Lifeguards at Coquina Beach, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Frisco Beach and Ocracoke are on duty daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day.

Lighthouse climbing at Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras is postponed until further notice.



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