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UPDATE: Reward offered for information in sea turtle incident

The Cape Hatteras Access Preservation Alliance is offering a $2,500 reward on behalf of the Outer Banks Preservation Association, North Carolina Beach Buggy Association, and Cape Hatteras Anglers Club for information leading to the identification of the persons responsible for the green sea turtle incident last weekend. 
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NPS seeks info on incident that led to sea turtle death

National Park Service officials are seeking information on what led to injuries to a nesting sea turtle over the weekend that were so severe the animal had to be euthanized. 
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NPS publishes proposed changes to ORV rule

The National Park Service today published in the Federal Register its proposed changes to The Cape Hatteras National Seashore's final rule for off-road vehicle management that became effective in 2012. 
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How a trip to the beach turns into a sea turtle education

On a recent Monday afternoon at the Sandy Bay beach access – a spot where sunbathing and swimming are typically the order of the day – a group of beach-goers were surprised when they were approached by a gentleman in uniform who happened to be carrying around a sea turtle skull.

It was certainly an unusual encounter for the crowd at the semi-popular beach that’s located just north of Hatteras village, but within about five to 10 minutes, the man had drummed up about 35 to 40 people who followed him and his uniformed colleagues to the outskirts of a thin black barrier. As it turns out, the man with the sea turtle skull was Brian Winnett of the National Park Service, and he and his three-person crew – which included lead biological science technician William Thompson – were there to excavate a recently hatched turtle nest.
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Park Service plans centennial activities for Aug. 25

Thursday, Aug. 25,  is National Park Service Founders Day and the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service.  Here on the Outer Banks, special activities are planned at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, and Wright Brothers National Memorial. Special Founders Day programs will be offered at each site, and entrance to Wright Brothers National Memorial will be free August 25–28. 
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UPDATE:  Park staff sweep unattended gear off village beaches

During the early morning on Saturday, Aug. 13, staff members from the National Park Service removed three pick-up trucks full of unattended items from the beaches in the villages of Frisco and Hatteras.  
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Beach gear left behind is a growing concern

More and more beach-goers, mostly in front of Hatteras Island's  villages, are leaving behind canopies, tent stands, and other gear on the beaches overnight, or even for a full week, which is a cause for concern and not only for early morning sightseers who prefer an unobstructed view. 

While on the surface it may seem like there’s nothing wrong with “camping out” for a week, leaving beach gear behind can potentially cause a world of problems for wildlife, other visitors, emergency vehicles, and the equipment owners themselves.
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Seashore has another record year for sea turtle nests

Sea turtles are having a banner year on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and beyond. The National Park Service announced this week that, as of Aug. 10,  the number of turtle nests on the seashore had reached 310, breaking the record of 289 nests set last year.   
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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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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 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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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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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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