First piping plover nest hatches,
closes Cape Point and Ramps 44 and 45
The first piping plover nest of the season has hatched at Cape Point,
resulting in the temporary closure of the area from Ramp 43 south to
the tip of Cape Point.
According to the National Park Service, Ramp 44 was closed on Saturday,
May 12, and ORV and pedestrian access is prohibited beyond that
point. In addition, Ramp 45 and the Interdunal Road are closed to
ORV and pedestrian access. Ramp 43 remains open with ORV and
pedestrian access four-tenths of a mile north.
The area is closed because of piping plover and American oystercatcher chicks.
According to last week Park Services weekly Resource Management Report,
there were four active piping plover nests at Cape Point. Two
were lost to unknown causes.
There were also 17 active American oystercatcher nests in the seashore
with one active brood on Hatteras. Three nests on Hatteras have
There is also an active nest at Bodie Island and two active nests at
South Point on Ocracoke. One nest has been lost in that area.
For information on areas within the Seashore that remain open for recreational uses, see:
http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/off-road-vehicle-use.htm or call 252-473-2111, ext. 148.