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Pump station repairs will close some areas at Pea Island

Long overdue repairs to the North Pond Pump station on Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge are scheduled to begin in late August and be completed in about 90 days. 
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Cape Point reopens to pedestrians, but drivers will have to wait

The National Park Service today reopened Cape Point for pedestrian access, but it will likely be another two weeks before it will open to off-road vehicle access.

According to Randy Swilling, the seashore's natural resources program manager, the last remaining American oystercatcher chick at Cape Point fledged yesterday, and a least tern colony has finished nesting and moved on. 
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Seashore breaks record for sea turtle nesting

It's official -- sea turtle nesting on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore has set a record and the nests keep on coming. According to today's resources management report, 269 sea turtles have nested on the seashore -- 15 more than the record 254 set in 2015.

And Britta Muiznieks, wildlife biologist and research coordinator for the seashore, said that three more nests have been added since data was collected for the report, which brings the total to 272. 
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Piping plover fledging plummets, sea turtle nests skyrocket

The number of fledged piping plover chicks has plummeted to two for the 2015 nesting season in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, while the number of sea turtle nests is on track to perhaps surpass the record of 254 in 2013.

Even though the piping plover nesting season has ended and new buffer rules went into effect in June, Cape Point remains closed to pedestrians and vehicles because of American oystercatcher chicks on the beach south of Ramp 44, close to the Point.
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Park Service offers sea turtle nest excavation programs

Each spring and summer, female sea turtles -- loggerheads, greens, and occasional leatherbacks -- make a brief trip to the shores of Cape Hatteras National Seashore to nest.  Approximately two months later, under the cover of darkness, up to 150 hatchlings emerge from each sandy nest and rush across the beach to reach the safety of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of July, August, and September. 
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Park Service approves buffer modification plan

The National Park Service has approved a plan for how it will comply with changes in wildlife protections on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore that are required by legislation passed last December by the U.S. Congress.

Today, seashore Superintendent Dave Hallac released the final plan for modifications in an 82-page Finding of No Significant Impact document for the park's chosen alternative, which is Alternative B. 
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NPS summer hours and programs run from May 22-Sept. 7

Summer is almost upon us and the National Park Service Outer Banks Group is ready with a summer schedule full of a variety of programs for park visitors, including history talks, nature walks, recreational programs, and a multitude of children’s programs.  The summer schedule runs from May 22 - Sept. 7. 
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Superintendent talks about seashore issues on radio show....WITH AUDIO

David Hallac, superintendent of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, was the guest on the most recent edition of the Radio Hatteras interview show, "To the Point," which was broadcast on Sunday, May 17.

In the interview, Hallac talks about the alterations in wildlife protection buffers that have been proposed by the National Park Service in response to legislation passed in Congress last December. He also discusses other seashore issues. 
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NPS lifeguarded beaches will be open May 23-Sept. 7

The National Park Service's lifeguarded beach in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore will open Saturday, May 23, and remain open through Labor Day, Sept. 7.  
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Cape Point closes to off-road vehicles

The National Park Service this morning closed Cape Point in Buxton to off-road vehicle access.  The closure is in accordance with the requirements of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore's Off-Road Vehicle management plan.

This morning, National Park Service staff observed American oystercatcher breed behavior approximately 0.6 - 0.7 of a mile south of Ramp 44 adjacent to the ocean shoreline, in an area commonly known as "the bypass." 
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Lighthouses will open for climbing April 17-Oct. 14

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras lighthouses will be open for climbing in 2015 from Friday, April 17, through Monday, Oct. 14.

Bodie Island Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily with ticket sales from 8:45 a.m. to 4:25 p.m.  Cape Hatteras Lighthouse climbing hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily in the spring and fall, and 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., May 22 through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.  Ticket sales for the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse begin at 8:15 a.m. daily and close at 4:30 p.m. in the spring and fall, and at 5:30 p.m. May 22 through Labor Day.  
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