Vandalism Leads to Closure of Ramp at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The unauthorized removal of vehicle blockades at Cape Hatteras National Seashore has prompted officials there to shut down a public access ramp near Buxton, North Carolina.

Underwater Archeology Projects in Outer Banks Parks Address Intriguing Questions

Where is the rest of the original English settlement site on Roanoke Island? What more can we learn about the location and condition of German U-boat wrecks along the North Carolina coast? These and other interesting questions are being addressed by underwater archeologists working at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Dispute Places Birds, Turtles, and Humans on Small Strip of Sand

A diminutive shorebird and a string of villages both dependent on the same necklace of barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina are being pinched in a precarious setting that demonstrates the folly of trying to control nature.

Public Comment Period on Cape Hatteras Draft ORV Management Plan Ends Tuesday

Another chapter -- and that's it, a chapter, not the end of the book -- in the at times bitter struggle over how to manage off-road vehicles in Cape Hatteras National Seashore comes to an end Tuesday when seashore officials close the comment period on their draft management plan.

Spring Nesting Season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Breeds Vandalism

In what's being called the "first deliberate vandalism incident" of the spring nesting season at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, someone drove through a resource closure area set up to protect a nesting pair of American Oystercatchers.
Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, And Dying In The National Parks Television shows love to portray park rangers as fit and polite, beaming dazzling smiles, displaying knowledge that knows no bounds, nerves of steel, and with dashing personalities. And then there are the realities, as Andrea Lankford describes in her latest book, Ranger Confidential: Living, Working, and Dying in the National Parks.

Foal Added to Herd At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The pony herd at Cape Hatteras National Seashore has grown by one thanks to the addition of a filly born late in March.

Reader Participation Day Bonus Survey: What Do You Think Of The President's Off-Shore Drilling Plan?

President Obama's announcement that he will pursue off-shore drilling along much of the Eastern Seaboard spurred this week's "bonus" Reader Participation Survey.

National Park Quiz 79: Wind

March winds are sweeping the land and it’s time for another quiz. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you explain why South Carolina's Beaufort is not pronounced the same way as North Carolina's Beaufort.

Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Loggerhead Turtle Species As Endangered

Loggerhead sea turtles, one of four turtle species that have come ashore to nest from Cape Hatteras National Seashore south to Gulf Islands National Seashore, are not doing well, population-wise. The species currently is being proposed for listed as "endangered" under the Endangered Species Act.
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Traveler’s Checklist: Cape Hatteras National Seashore

The first national seashore is still one of the best. Here’s some information and advice you’ll want to keep in mind as you plan your visit to Cape Hatteras National Seashore, the pride of the Outer Banks.

Work Continuing On Restoration of Bodie Island Lighthouse At Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Bodie Island Lighthouse restoration, Alan Pitt photo.
Work continues apace with the restoration of the Bodie Island Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Draft Environmental Impact Statement on ORV Use at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Released

Improved access for vehicles and pedestrians, better parking, and vehicle capacity limits are among the items contained in the draft off-road-vehicle management plan released Friday by Cape Hatteras National Seashore officials.

Oracoke Lighthouse Ready To Shine Again at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

After four months of refurbishing, the Oracoke Lighthouse at Cape Hatteras National Seashore was scheduled to go back online Wednesday night.

Cape Cod National Seashore Plan to Protect Piping Plovers By Killing Some Crows Not Welcomed by All

In the world of bird hierarchy, crows are considered one of the most intelligent birds out there. And it's this intelligence that has Cape Cod National Seashore officials considering a plan to kill some of the smartest crows on the cape with hopes of bolstering populations of piping plovers, a diminutive bird that, while perhaps not as brainy as crows, could face extinction if its numbers don't increase.
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National Park Quiz 78: Harbors

Don’t harbor any illusions; this month’s quiz is no walk in the park. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we’ll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: "During the 1950s, some scientists suggested that 'instant harbors' could be created with well-placed atomic bombs."

Cape Hatteras National Seashore Rangers Counted 104 Sea Turtle Nests in 2009

While the number of sea turtle nests observed on Cape Hatteras National Seashore in 2009 slightly declined from 2008, the 104 verified nests were far above the 43 counted just five years ago. Those 2009 nests also produced roughly 5,000 turtle hatchlings, according to the seashore's annual sea turtle report.
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Most Campgrounds at Cape Hatteras National Seashore To Open April 2

If you're planning to visit Cape Hatteras National Seashore, most of the campgrounds will be open for business on April 2, although the Cape Point Campground isn't scheduled to open until May 28.

Reader Participation Day: Which is Your Favorite National Seashore?

Which is your favorite national seashore, and why? Seems like a pretty straightforward question, no?

21 National Park System Units Nominated For "Marine Protected Area" Status

Twenty-one units of the National Park System, including five national seashores and four national lakeshores, have been nominated for status as "Marine Protected Areas."
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National Park Mystery Spot 7 Revealed: It’s Not on the Beach Anymore

Did you identify the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, proud symbol of Cape Hatteras National Seashore?

Torpedo Junction—Shipwrecks of WWI and WWII—Featured in Program at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Burning tanker off North Carolina coast in 1942.
Cape Hatteras and the Outer Banks of North Carolina have long been known as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic," and among the more than 1,000 vessels believed to have been lost in the area are some from World Wars I and II. They'll be the subject of a talk near the park on January 20.

Two Ponies Added to Ocracoke Herd On Cape Hatteras National Seashore

A healthy herd of "Banker" horses at Cape Lookout National Seashore has benefited Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which recently gained two ponies for its Ocracoke Herd from the herds at Cape Lookout.

Slide Show Demonstrates Ida's Power at Cape Hatteras National Seashore

As they say, a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Proof can be found in this slide show that captures the power of Tropical Storm Ida at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

Ida Gives Many Atlantic Coast National Parks a Severe Beating

The remains of Tropical Storm Ida have inflicted some of the heaviest damage that Atlantic Coast beaches have seen in quite a few years. NPS units in the impacted area will have a major cleanup & fix up job on their hands.

Heavy Surf Expected Along East Coast National Seashores This Weekend

Now that Hurricane Ida has veered eastward and been downgraded to a tropical storm, national seashores located along the East Coast from the Carolinas to Cape Cod can expect high surf and gusty conditions heading into the weekend.

Two Historic Lighthouses at Cape Hatteras National Seashore Will Go Dark Next Week – But They'll Be Back

Ocracoke lighthouse.
The Bodie Island and Ocracoke Lighthouses have a long and fascinating history, but their familiar beacons will be missing from the nighttime views at Cape Hatteras National Seashore beginning September 28. Fear not, they'll both be back after renovation work is completed.

With Fall Fishing Season Nearing, Cape Hatteras National Seashore Making Repairs to ORV Beach Access Ramps

With the fall fishing season quickly approaching, crews at Cape Hatteras National Seashore are making repairs to some of the ORV beach-access ramps.