Beach Access Issues
February 20, 2009

Park Service has released pre-nesting closure information and maps

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore 2009 pre-nesting closure summary description and maps have been released and are now available to the public.

Park natural resource staff conducted the annual assessment of piping plover breeding habitat and identified pre-nesting areas based on current habitat conditions and consideration of the bird’s breeding activity in recent years.  The pre-nesting areas will be established by March 15, in accordance with the consent decree. 

Temporary resource protection areas are established to protect threatened and endangered species, including piping plovers and sea turtles, and for species of concern, including American oystercatchers and colonial waterbirds (terns and black skimmers). 

These maps are for pre-nesting closures only.  When birds start arriving and showing breeding behavior and nesting, there will be additional beach closures to reflect the buffer requirements of the consent decree.

Visitors are reminded that pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash no longer than 6 feet on all seashore beaches. 


Click here to view the summary and description of the pre-nesting closures

Click here to view the pre-nesting maps

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