Cape Hatteras National Seashore is currently developing alternatives, including their preferred alternative, for a regulation governing off-road vehicle (ORV) use on the Seashore’s 67 miles of ocean beach. The Seashore has elected to have this ORV regulation determine how natural resources (shorebirds, waterbirds, sea turtles, and others) will be protected on the Seashore. This regulation will set a precedent for a similar regulation being developed for Cape Lookout National Seashore and could impact other National Seashores.

We are reaching out to the diverse community of scientists and wildlife professionals who specialize in research and management of birds, sea turtles, and other natural resources. We are asking you to sign on to a letter requesting that the National Park Service implement the science-based natural resource protection measures that are consistent with the best available scientific research. The implementation of adequate, science-based natural resource protection measures will be critical to the future protection of shorebirds, waterbirds, sea turtles, and other natural resources on the Seashore.

Please visit: http://nc.audubon.org/birds-science-education/995786

On the site, you will find the letter that will be sent to the National Park Service and a response form where you can select “yes” to have your name added to the letter. You will also find documents relevant to the issue (USGS Protocols for Cape Hatteras National Seashore, population trends for nesting birds and sea turtles, conservation and recovery plans, literature review).

Please take a minute to add your name to the list of scientists and wildlife professionals that support science-based protection for shorebirds, waterbirds, and sea turtles on Cape Hatteras National Seashore. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Walker Golder, Audubon North Carolina

Tel: 910-686-7527
wgolder@audubon.org