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Cape Hatteras National Seashore updates

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore reported 588,904 in the first four months of 2021. This is the highest level of visitation through the first four months of any year in the history of the seashore, reported the Outer Banks Group of National Parks. Over a quarter million people visited the seashore in April.

Two new interpretive panels are installed. One tells the story at the United States Weather Bureau Station in Hatteras village and the other at the British Cemetery in the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse district.

Lifeguards returned to the Seashore’s four lifeguarded beaches Saturday, May 29. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, lifeguards are on duty from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Coquina Beach, Old Lighthouse Beach, Frisco Beach and at Ocracoke’s lifeguarded beach.

Dr. Beach has again tapped two Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches for places in the top 10 beaches in the United States of America. Earning third place is the Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach. The Old Lighthouse Beach in Buxton ranks fifth.

Stephen Leatherman, director of the Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research, has chosen America’s Top 10 beaches since 1991.

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore field summary for May 27 shows:

– 26 American Oystercatcher chicks, with nine on Hatteras Island and 11 on Ocracoke.

– Big numbers of active colonial waterbird nests with 407 on Hatteras Island.

– One active piping plover nest with one chick at Cape Point.

– Three sea turtle nests on Hatteras Island and eight on Ocracoke.

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