A protection buffer that was installed in April near Cape Point to protect three American oystercatcher eggs was expanded on May 15 to protect an American oystercatcher chick that had recently hatched, per an update from the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
ORV Ramp 44, which leads to Cape Point, is open to ORVs for 0.20 miles, however, Cape Point is currently not accessible for vehicles. A portion of Cape Point remains open to pedestrians via a bypass road, which is approximately a quarter-mile walk from the northern protection buffer boundary.
National Park Service staff will continue to monitor the movement of the oystercatcher chick, and will make adjustments to the protection buffer accordingly. For information on current beach access status within the National Seashore, visit https://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/conditions.htm.