are off to a great start to the season and it was wonderful to see
large numbers of people enjoying Hatteras Island beaches and climbing
the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in Buxton last weekend.
Currently within the Cape Point area, there are 143 Least Tern nests
spread across two colonies. There is also a Piping Plover pair with two
chicks and an American Oystercatcher pair with one chick (seven days
old) moving around.
According to yesterday’s mileage summary, there are 15 miles of
off-road vehicle routes available on Hatteras Island, and over 27 miles
along the entire Seashore. That being said, we fully understand that
many visitors desire access to the tip of Cape Point. Staff continue to
actively monitor all nests and will improve access as soon as possible.
Please continue to respect the wildlife protections areas. The quicker
the nesting shorebirds are successful with breeding, the quicker access
to the tip of Cape Point can be fully restored.
Working at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Recreational Area has been a
very positive experience, but this will be my last update as I have
recently accepted a great opportunity to be the Chief Ranger of Mojave
National Preserve in California, which will also bring me closer to
family. My last day at the Seashore will be June 6. I have really
enjoyed my time here and will miss the beach. Mark Seaman will serve as
the Acting Hatteras Island District Ranger until the position is
filled. He can be reached at [email protected] or phone 252-475-9608.
Nearly everyone here has probably already met Mark and had a positive
interaction with him in the field. He has worked here for close to five
years now and fully understands the intricacies of the operation and
will continue to send out updates.
Below pictures are courtesy of Resource Management from Cape Point.