superintendent of the
Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest for the latest edition
of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," on
Sunday, July 17.
The program is hosted
by Irene Nolan,
editor of The Island Free Press, and the topic was summer at the
Among the topics that
in the interview were:
- The Park Service's plan to address stormwater
issues in the Buxton/Frisco area with a joint National Environmental
Policy Act-based planning process to evaluate its options to alleviate
flooding at Cape Point and Frisco. As part of the process, the park
will partner with other local, state, and federal agencies, including
Dare County, the state Wildlife Resources Commission, the state
Department of Environmental Quality, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and
the Army Corps of Engineers. The public will also have input into the
process, Hallac said.
- Nesting in the seashore. Piping plover nesting
is about finished for the season, Hallac said. Three chicks fledged
this year, two more than the one bird that fledged last year but fewer
than were fledged each year since 2012 when there were 11 piping plover
fledglings. In addition, the seashore could see another record set this
year for sea turtle nesting. A record 289 nests were laid last year. As
of the July 13 natural resources report, there were 191 nests, slightly
more than the 188 at this time last year.
Point. The nesting season for piping
plovers and American oystercatchers, both birds that have closed down
access to Cape Point in the past, is winding down. There are no nests
left in the area of the Point. However colonial waterbirds are still
nesting in the area, including least terns and black skimmers. Hallac
didn't speculate on when he thought Cape Point might reopen for access,
but he did note that the colonial waterbird nesting season could wind
down in the next few weeks.
- Modified wildlife buffers. Hallac said that
the modified wildlife buffers that were effective last year have made a
significant difference in access, especially in the Cape Point area
this year. Providing a corridor past an oystercatcher nest near the
Point kept it open an extra five weeks compared to some past years.
Corridors also made a difference at three oystercatcher nests on
Ocracoke -- at South Point, Ramp 63, and between Ramp 59 and 63.
In addition, Hallac
said, Ramp 44 has
been closed to ORVs by mid- to late May in past years. It has not
been closed at all this year, he said. In fact, the beach south of
Ramp 44 has been open all summer for about six-tenths of a mile to
the south toward Cape Point. He said this is "entirely due to
the modified buffers."
In past years, the
for piping plover chicks has effectively shut down the area all the
way from the Point to Ramp 44. This year, there was a brood of
piping plovers in the area, but with the Park Service's ability to
reduce the buffer to as small as 200 meters with additional staff
monitoring, the beach stayed open. Hallac added that the buffer was
never reduced to 200 meters, but usually ranged from 300 to 500
Also in the
interview, Hallac discussed
Park Service communications, summer events for visitors, upcoming
centennial events, and keeping the beach clean.
To listen to the
interview, scroll down
to the "To the Point" logo and click on the arrow.
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and 99.9 FM on northern Hatteras, at 5 p.m. on the first and third
Sunday of each month. It is repeated on the second and fourth
Sunday. Those who don't live on Hatteras can listen to the show on
Sundays through live streaming at www.radiohatteras.org.
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