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NPS conducts two traffic checkpoints at Hatteras Island ramps

In response to numerous incidences of traffic safety violations on the roads and beaches of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, National Park Service rangers and a deputy from the Dare County Sheriff's Office conducted two traffic safety checkpoints at Ramp 49 in Frisco and Ramp 55 in Hatteras village on Saturday, July 23.
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Cape Point reopens to ORVs and pedestrians

Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac announced today that access to Cape Point, along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore beach from Ramps 43 and 44, has reopened for both off-road vehicles and pedestrians.
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NPS will offer sea turtle nest excavation programs

Cape Hatteras National Seashore is offering park visitors an opportunity to observe excavations of recently hatched sea turtle nests during the months of August and September, 2016.  An “excavation” is the process completed by biologists to document what remains in the nest after a natural hatch has occurred. 
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A conversation with the seashore superintendent....WITH AUDIO

David Hallac, 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. Among the topics that Hallac addressed in the interview were flooding in the areas of Cape Point and Frisco, bird and turtle nesting, and modified buffers.  
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Sea turtle nest sitters learn the ropes in training session....WITH VIDEO

A crowded room of both seasoned and new volunteers turned out in Buxton for the first of two sea turtle nest watch training programs on Monday evening, July 11. The Nest Watch Program is manned by community members and long-term vacationers who want to help protect, monitor, and inform the public about upcoming turtle nest hatchings.

But one of the biggest draws for many volunteers, besides the ability to provide essential help in protecting one of the island’s favorite part-time residents, is the real probability of seeing a sea turtle hatching up-close and personal.
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UPDATE:  Ramp 49 in Frisco is passable for ORVs

The National Park Service maintenance staff members worked on the still flooded Ramp 49 in Frisco today, and by the end of the day, it was passable for off-road vehicles.
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Flooded ramp situation in Buxton, Frisco improves...WITH SLIDE SHOW

The flooding situation at the Cape Hatteras National Seashore off-road vehicle ramps has improved since back-to-back Tropical Storms Bonnie and Colin dumped record rainfall on Hatteras Island on Memorial Day and into the first week in June. However -- going into the July 4 holiday weekend -- standing water is still deep on Ramps 44 in Buxton and is especially problematic at Ramp 49 in Frisco.
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Seashore launches multi-agency approach to stormwater issues

Persistent stormwater drainage issues in Cape Hatteras National Seashore between Cape Point and Frisco will be addressed in a cooperative arrangement with federal and state agencies to determine how to effectively manage the hydrology in the wetlands around the popular beach area.  

“We’re going to invite every state and federal partner and we’ll be looking at a variety of alternatives,” said National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent David Hallac.
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New off-road vehicle ramp 63 opens on Ocracoke Island

The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's newest off-road vehicle ramp, Ramp 63 on Ocracoke Island, is now open. The new ramp is located about three miles south of the Ferry Docks.
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A day in the life of a National Park Service biotech

It’s a slightly overcast Wednesday afternoon, and National Park Service lead biological science technician William Thompson is stepping into his remarkably clean truck, navigating the big pools of waters that have amassed at Ramp 43, and is heading out to Cape Point to check on the day’s birding activity.

And this time of year, when the nesting season is arguably at its peak, there’s definitely a lot to see.
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New study shows extent of light pollution across the night sky

National parks offer some of our nation’s best views of the cosmos. A fundamental new work, The New World Atlas of Artificial Sky Brightness, significantly expands knowledge of light pollution and its impact on the night sky. The atlas, published last week by Science Advances, is the work of an international team including National Park Service scientist Dan Duriscoe.
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Back-to-back storms have little impact on nests in the seashore

The two back-to-back storms that drenched the islands with rain had little impact on the established bird and turtle nests along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to the National Park Service.  Read more

Visitors reminded that drones are banned on the seashore

As the temperatures heat up and more and more visitors flock to the islands, the National Park Service  is noticing an uptick in the number of drones that are making an illegal appearance along the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Drones are prohibited throughout the national seashore -- on all NPS grounds and beaches - -which includes the lighthouses and the surrounding area. However, it seems that not everyone is aware of or following the rules. 
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Cape Point closes to vehicle and pedestrian access

The National Park Service this morning closed pedestrian and off-road vehicle access to Cape Point because of breeding colonial waterbirds, including least terns, common terns, and black skimmers.
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NPS will offer full-moon Cape Hatteras Lighthouse tours through the summer

Grab your flashlight and experience a lighthouse at night by joining the National Park Service on a Full Moon Tour of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Hear stories of keepers of old, view the working light close up in the lantern room, and catch the reflection off the Atlantic Ocean of the newly-risen full moon as you stand on the lighthouse balcony. 
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NPS campground season will be extended until Nov. 28

The season will be extended for all four campgrounds in the Cape Hatteras National Seashore this season. The campgrounds -- Oregon Inlet, Cape Point, Frisco, and Ocracoke -- will open April 15, 2016 and will remain open until Nov. 28.

The campgrounds have usually opened in April, but have closed anywhere from Labor Day -- for Cape Point -- to the end of October for Ocracoke.  Frisco and Oregon Inlet have closed around Columbus Day in past years.
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Park Service makes it easier, cheaper to get ORV permit online

Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials have announced that they are making changes in how and where the seashore issues its off-road vehicle permits -- changes that will make it easier and cheaper for visitors to get their permits online.

"The changes are being made to increase user convenience, provide new options for park visitors wishing to purchase an ORV permit, and increase efficiency by reducing the cost associated with collecting permit fees," the Park Service said in a news release. 
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Lighthouses will be open for climbing from April 15 - Oct. 10

The Bodie Island and Cape Hatteras Lighthouses will be open for climbing this year from Friday, April 15, through Monday, Oct. 10.

Ticket sales begin daily at 9 a.m. with the last tickets sold at 4:30 p.m. at each site.

Climbing tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for senior citizens (62 or older), children 11 years of age and under, and those holding a National Parks and Federal Recreation Lands Access Pass. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis and can be purchased in-person at the site only on the day of the climb. There are no advance ticket sales.
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