Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for August 26– September 8, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

 

Due to Hurricane Earl, there was not a weekly report last week. This report, covering the last two weeks is the final report for 2010. The annual species reports will be available in January 2011.

 

Final Piping Plover (PIPL):  

 

Location

Total Pairs

Total Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Chicks Lost

Chicks Fledged

Bodie Spit

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Cape Point

6

6

6

0

21

6

15

South Beach

1

1

1

0

1

1

0

Hatteras Inlet

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

N. Ocracoke

1

1

1

0

3

3

0

South Point

4

7

3

4

8

8

0

CAHA TOTALS

12

15

11

4

33

18

15

 

Final American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

0

5

5

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

0

6

3

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

0

18

30

 

 

 

Final Colonial Waterbirds (CWBs):

 

Final nest numbers will be available in January.

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests Past Two Weeks):

 

Bodie District Nests:

None the past two weeks.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None the past two weeks.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

8/26- A green sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi S of R23.

9/6- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi N of R27.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None the past two weeks.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

8/28 - A green sea turtle nest was found 2.5 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/29 - A green sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi W Ramp 49.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

9/5 – A loggerhead false crawl was found at 2.1 mi N of Ramp 34.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

8/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.86 mi S of Ramp 72.

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

None the past two weeks.

 

New nests past two weeks: 5 (Hatteras – 2, Bodie - 2, Ocracoke - 1)

Total nests to date:  153 (Hatteras – 86, Bodie - 18, Ocracoke - 48)

New false crawls past two weeks: 1 (Hatteras – 1, Bodie - 0, Ocracoke - 0)

Total false crawls to date:  115 (Hatteras – 74, Bodie - 7, Ocracoke - 34)

Nests hatch past two weeks: 20 (Hatteras – 17, Bodie - 2, Ocracoke - 1)  

Total nests hatch to date: 75 (Hatteras – 37, Bodie - 11, Ocracoke - 27)

 

Hurricane Earl

Prior to the Hurricane Earl coming up the East Coast, park staff consulted with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and decided to relocate all sea turtle nests 35 days and older if it appeared they might be in danger from the storm surge.

 

In Bodie/Hatteras District, one nest out of the eight nests (at that time) in the district was relocated.  One nest which had been in the ground less than 35 days was completely washed out.  One nest has hatched in the district since Earl.

 

In Hatteras District, 13 nests out of the 50 nests remaining (at that time) in the district were relocated.  Eight nests, including some of the relocated nests, were lost due to the storm. Three nests which had been in the ground less than 35 days were completely washed out, two nests were lost because of a tidal pool which formed behind them raised the water table and drowned the nests.  Two nests were lost because of inundation when the overwash pooled over the nests. And the final nest, which was in its hatch window, was lost to over wash.  Six nests have hatched in the district since Earl.

 

In Ocracoke District no nests were relocated.  Three nests out of the 21 nests on the beach at that time were lost due to the storm.  One nest was completely washed out and two nests were lost because of inundation when the overwash pooled over the nests.  One nest has hatched in the district since Earl.

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

9/4- A dead loggerhead sea turtle was discovered 0.3 miles S of Ramp 1.

Hatteras District:

None observed the past two weeks.

Ocracoke District:

9/8 – A dead loggerhead sea turtle was found 0.1 miles N of Ramp 68.

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None observed the past two weeks.

 

Hatteras District:

None observed the past two weeks.

 

Ocracoke District:

None observed the past two weeks.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BI10-001-R

Bodie Spit

LETE/BLSK

9/08/2010

WM BI10-001

Bodie Spit

Migratory PIPL

9/07/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

None

 

 

 

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-002-R

South Point

AMOY

9/8/2010

WM OI10-002

South Point

Migratory PIPL

9/8/2010

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

8/27- Two sets of pedestrian tracks entered the filter fence and one individual defecated next to the nest marker 1.8 miles N of Ramp 23.

8/28- One stake was broken and the sign was missing. Two signs were removed and laid down on the ground with the string between signs broken.  There were some bare footprints around the removed signs 1.8 miles N of Ramp 23.  The technicians did not report this as a potential deliberate violation.

8/28- One set of footprints and one set of dog prints were inside the closure 1.9 miles N of Ramp 23.

9/6- One set of footprints were in the closure 1.7 miles N of Ramp 30.

        

Hatteras District:

8/31 – Two sets of pedestrian and dog tracks observed in sea turtle nest closure 0.1 miles N of Ramp 38.

8/31 – Fifteen sets of  pedestrian tracks and dog tracks observed near hatchling tracks inside filter fence at the sea turtle nest closure 1.6 miles N of Ramp 38.

9/6 – Four pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle nest closure 0.4 miles S of Ramp 38. One of the pedestrians wrote “Jack” in the sand inside the filter fence.

9/8 – One set of pedestrian and two sets of dog tracks observed in the turtle nest closure 1.1 mi S of Ramp 49.

9/8 – Two sets of dog tracks observed in sea turtle nest closure 2.5 mi S of Ramp 49.

9/8 – One set of pedestrian tracks observed inside the sea turtle nest closure 0.4 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

Ocracoke District:

None observed the past two weeks.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for August 12– August 18, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

0

5

5

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

1

18

29

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District: All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  8 pairs fledged 9 chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  Two pairs have fledged one chick.
  • South Point:  A pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline and is 34 days old.  The chick was banded on 8/11 and should fledge sometime within the next two weeks.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE chicks and fledglings. On 8/17, the 3-egg BLSK nest was still being incubated; expected hatch ~8/20.

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23, active with one LETE chick and fledglings.

 

 

Hatteras District:  

All LETE colonies have ended.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 last activity was observed on 8/10.

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie Island Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie Island False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

8/14 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi E Ramp 49.

8/14 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi S of Ramp 55.

8/17 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.9 mi S of Ramp 44.

8/18 - A green sea turtle nest was found 2.5 mi SW Ramp 49.

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

8/14 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.24 mi E Ramp 49.

8/15 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.3 mi NE Ramp 55.

8/16 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi S of Ramp 44.

8/16 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.85 mi S of Ramp 44.

8/16 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.87 mi S of Ramp 44.

8/17 - A green sea turtle false crawl was found 0.8 mi SW Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

None this week

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

None this week

 

New nests this week: 4

Total nests to date:  1431

New false crawls this week: 6

Total false crawls to date:  110

Nests hatched this week: 15

Total nests hatched to date: 28

 

1The most nests ever documented on the seashore

Note: Two training sessions were held for the Sea Turtle “Nest Watch” Volunteer Program.  Four nests located in Hatteras, Frisco, and the Tri-Villages are currently being watched.  Many tourists have shown an interest in the program and they have been directed to nests with volunteers.

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

None this week

Hatteras District:

A dead loggerhead sea turtle was found on the shoreline at Ramp 38.

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BH10-007-R

0.3 mi N of Ramp23

LETE

8/12/2010

BH10-003-C

0.1 mi N of Ramp 23

LETE

8/13/2010

BH10-001-R

0.1 mi S of Ramp 27

AMOY/LETE

8/18/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-002-M

.5 mi W of Ramp 45

LETE

8/16/2010

HI10-007-R

1.6 mi S Ramp 38

LETE

8/16/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

8/14 - Two sets of pedestrian tracks followed the waterline in the closure 0.1 mi N of Ramp 23.

8/16 – One set of pedestrian tracks walked throughout the entire resource closure along the high-tide line 0.8 mi south of Ramp 4.

8/18 – Twelve sets of pedestrian tracks went throughout the turtle closure and inside the filter fence 1.7 mi N of Ramp 23.

         - Two sets of pedestrian tracks entered the turtle closure above the high tide line 0.6 mi S of Ramp 27.

         - One set of ORV tracks entered the turtle closure and drove around the back of the filter fence 1.7 mi S of Ramp 27.

         - Six sets of pedestrian tracks and one set of dog tracks went into the bird closure at the high tide line 0.1 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

None observed this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

8/18 – One set of pedestrian tracks were observed in CWB closure at North Ocracoke along ocean shoreline.

8/18 – One ORV with two people entered the CWB closure at North Ocracoke.  Visitors were informed they were in a restricted area and left immediately.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for August 5– August 11, 2010

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

0

5

5

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

1

18

29

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District: All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  8 pairs fledged 9 chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  Two pairs have fledged one chick.
  • South Point:  A pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline and is 27 days old.  The chick was banded on 8/11 and should fledge sometime within the next three weeks.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE nests, chicks, and fledglings. On 8/9, a 3-egg BLSK nest and multiple scrapes were found along with several adults roosting at the shoreline.

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27. Colony has ended on 8/9/2010.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests (1), chicks and fledglings as of 8/9.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings as of 8/10.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with four LETE incubating nests.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

8/10- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.2 mi N of Ramp 30.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

8/6 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.2 mi S of Ramp 44.

8/6 - A green sea turtle nest was found 0.5 mi S of Ramp 55.

8/7 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.3 mi S of Ramp 38.

8/9 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.1 mi S of Ramp 49.

8/11- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.5 mi E Ramp 49.

 

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

8/7 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi N Ramp 55.

8/10 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.0 mi S Ramp 30.

8/10 - A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.0 mi W Ramp 49.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

8/6 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .0.8  mi S of Ramp 70

8/9 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .61 mi N of Ramp 67

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

None this week

 

New nests this week: 8

Total nests to date:  1391

New false crawls this week: 4

Total false crawls to date:  104

Nests hatch this week: 9

Total nests hatch to date: 13

 

1The most nests ever documented on the seashore

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

None this week

Hatteras District:

None this week

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

GI10-001-R

Green Island

COTE

8/05/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-001-K

North Ocracoke

LETE

8/6/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

8/7 - Two sets of pedestrian tracks were observed in the CWB closure at Ramp 23. One set of footprints were also observed traveling from Ramp 23 through the closure to the waterline.

8/8 – Tire tracks were observed in the CWB colony on Ramp 23 and continued north to 0.3 mile north of Ramp 23. LE Officer Belanich was contacted and reported LE Officer Reier had responded to a distress call on the beach. No damage was observed upon a walk-through of the tire tracks.

8/10 – Two sets of pedestrian tracks and one set of dog tracks were observed above the waterline in the CWB closure 0.2 mi N of Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

None observed this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

8/8 – Several sets of pedestrian tracks were observed walking in the sea turtle nest closure 0.4 mi N of Ramp 70.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 29– August 4, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

0

5

5

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

1

18

29

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District: All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  8 pairs fledged 9 chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  Two pairs have fledged one chick.
  • South Point:  A pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline and is 21 days old.  It should fledge sometime after 8/19.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE nests, chicks, and fledglings. Also, on 8/3, BLSK adults and scrapes were observed.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE adults; next trip scheduled for 8/5.

 

 

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE fledglings.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 no activity.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with two LETE incubating nests.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 no activity since 7/27.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/30- A green sea turtle nest was found 1.2 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/30- A green sea turtle nest was found 1.9 mi N of Ramp 34.

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found at Ramp 43.

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi E of Ramp 49.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi S of Ramp 49.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/2- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.8 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/29- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.05 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.61 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.63 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.64 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.65 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.85 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.31 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.7 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.8 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.6 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/1- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.3 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/4- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.0 mi S of Ramp 44.

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.34 mi S of Ramp 59

7/29 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .32 mi S of Ramp 67

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

8/2 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.24 mi S of Ramp 68

 

New nests this week: 9

Total nests to date:  1311

New false crawls this week: 142

Total false crawls to date:  1002

Nests hatch this week: 3

Total nests hatch to date: 4

 

1The most nests ever documented on the seashore

2Last week’s false crawls should have been reported as 7 for the week and 86 to date.

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

8/1 – A loggerhead (dead) sea turtle stranded 1.0 mi N of R30; boat strike.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

      None this week.

 

Hatteras District:

            8/2- A neonate bottlenose dolphin (dead) stranded 2 mi S of Ramp 49.

            7/31- A neonate bottlenose dolphin (dead) stranded at Hatteras Inlet.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 


 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BH10-001-H

            1.1 mi N of Ramp 30

LETE

8/04/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-001-R

Cape Point

LETE

8/2/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

 

None this week

 

 

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/29 - One set of dirt bike tracks going North from R30 to R23. The track disappears as it enters the Resource closure at R23.

7/30 – Three sets of pedestrian tracks entered the pre-nesting closure near the CWB colony 0.7 mi S of R4.

7/31 – One person was walking along the water at R23 in the closure for BHC01C. 3 sets of footprints were observed following the water within the closure from R23 north to the closure boundary.

8/4 – One set of footprints were observed entering the beach at R23. One set of footprints were observed traveling along the shoreline in the closure BHC01B.

 

Hatteras District:

7/29- Several pedestrian tracks observed entering and exiting Cape Point pre-nesting closure.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks and dog tracks observed entering sea turtle closure 4.0 mi S Ramp 38. 

7/29- Sometime prior to sea turtle nest NH03 hatching in Buxton village the nest markers were relocated five feet to the north. The relocation of the markers caused the nest to be outside of the filter fencing when it was installed and one stake narrowly missed the nest cavity. About five hatchlings attempted to climb the dune behind the nest, but there were no signs those, or any other hatchlings entered the village. The actual nest site was found and the protective filter fencing was adjusted to protect the nest and hatchlings which emerged later.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.3 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.4 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/29- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.1 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/29- Five pedestrians observed in the CWB closure 0.5 mi W of Ramp 45.

7/31- Nine sets of pedestrian tracks observed in CWB 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/31- Pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.5 mi S of Ramp 34.

7/31- Dog tracks in sea turtle closure 1.5 mi N of Ramp 38.

8/2- Dog tracks observed in sea turtle closure 1.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

8/4- 15 sets of pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.1 mi N of Ramp 49.

8/4- Eight sets of pedestrian tracks observed in sea turtle closure 0.04 mi N of Ramp 55.

 

 

 

 

Ocracoke District:

8/2 – One set of bare footprints documented inside the sea turtle nest closure 2.37 mi S of Ramp 59.  The footprints were from the ocean shoreline and went half way to the nest inside the filter fencing.

8/3 – Seven pedestrians and one dog on leash walking on ocean shoreline inside bird closure N of Ramp 59.  All pedestrians were asked to leave immediately.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Resource Management Field Summary for July 22– July 28, 2010 

(Bodie, Hatteras and Ocracoke Districts)

 

Piping Plover (PIPL) Observations:

 

 

Monitoring for breeding behavior has ceased. Monitoring for migratory PIPL and other migrant avian species is being conducted weekly.

 

Final PIPL Breeding Summary: 

 

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Total Nests Hatched

Total Nests Lost

Total Eggs Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Lost Chicks

Fledged Chicks

16*

0

11

5

31

0

16

15

* This counts the three egg nest on Ocracoke, found 6/29, as a separate nest, although it is believed that this nest may be a clutch continuation from Nest #15, which was predated by ghost crabs 6/23.

 

American Oystercatchers (AMOY):  

 

Location

Total Nests to Date

Active Nests

Nests Hatched

Nests Lost

Total Chicks Hatched

Unfledged Chicks

Chicks Lost

Fledged Chicks

Green Island

3

0

2

1

6

0

2

4

Bodie District

2

0

1

1

1

0

1

0

Bodie/Hatteras District

5

0

4

1

10

1

5

4

Hatteras District

12

0

9

3

22

0

4

18

Ocracoke District

6

0

5

1

9

1

6

2

CAHA TOTALS

28

0

21

7

48

2

18

28

 

2010 AMOY Breeding Pairs:  Twenty-three confirmed breeding pairs of AMOYs have been documented this year. 

 

Bodie District:

  • Green Island:  The southern brood has 2 fledged chicks and the northern brood has 2 fledged chicks. On 7/27, one adult from the southern pair was observed with 1 banded fledgling and 1 unbanded fledgling, even though we banded 2 chicks from this pair. So there may be 3 total fledglings for this pair as 1 of 3 may have been with the other adult elsewhere.
  • Bodie Island:  No AMOY breeding behavior was observed this week.   
  • Bodie/Hatteras District (Rodanthe to Ramp 30):  One pair has one unfledged chick that hatched on 6/26 and was banded on 7/21.  Two other pairs have fledged a total of four chicks.

 

Hatteras District:  All AMOY breeding activity has ended.  11 pair fledged 18 chicks.

 

Ocracoke District:  

  • North Ocracoke:  One pair has one fledged chick.  
  • Other Beaches (Ramp 59-Ramp 72):  The northern-most pair has fledged one chick.  A second pair lost their chicks on or before 7/1.
  • South Point:  One pair hatched one chick on Friday 7/16. The 13-day-old chick has been observed daily along the Ocracoke Inlet shoreline.

 

Colonial Waterbirds (CWB):

            Bodie District:  

Colony BIC01- 0.8 mi S of Ramp 4 active with LETE scrapes, chicks and fledglings. Also, on 7/28, BLSK adults and scrapes were observed.

 

Green Island:

Colony GIC01- N, W, and S end of Green Island active with COTE scrapes, nests and chicks.

Bodie Hatteras District:

Colony BHC01- 0.3 mi N of Ramp 23 to 0.3 mi S of Ramp 23 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony BHC02- 0.2 mi S of Ramp 27 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Hatteras District:  

Colony HIC01 - 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38 to 2.4 mi S of Ramp 38 active with LETE nests, chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC02 - 0.1 mi W of Ramp 45 active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

Colony HIC03 - 0.1 mi E of Salt Pond Road is active with LETE chicks and fledglings.

 

Ocracoke District:  

Colony OIC01- 0.9 mi S of Ramp 72 no activity.

Colony OIC02- 0.1 mi N of Ramp 59 active with two LETE incubating nests.

Colony OIC02-A- 0.8 mi N of Ramp 59 no activity as of 7/27.

 

 

Sea Turtle Nests (New Nests this Week):

Bodie District Nests:

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 2.

 

Bodie District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Bodie Hatteras District Nests:

7/23 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1 mi S of Ramp 23.

 

Bodie Hatteras District False Crawls:

None this week.

 

Hatteras District Nests:

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 miles W of Ramp 45

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi E of Ramp 49

7/22 -- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi W of Ramp 49

7/24 -- A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.1mi W of Ramp 45

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.0 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.6 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi N of Ramp 55

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.8 mi E of Ramp 49

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi N of Ramp 38

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.8 mi N of Ramp 38

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.7 mi N of Ramp 34

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 0.4 mi S of Ramp 34

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 1.0 mi S of Ramp 30

 

Hatteras District False Crawls:

7/22 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 0.6 mi E of Ramp 49

7/23 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.3 mi SE of Ramp 49

7/23 -- A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.6 mi SE of Ramp 49

7/24 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 2.25 mi NE of Ramp 55

7/28 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1 mi N of Ramp 43

 

Ocracoke District Nests:

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .35 mi S of Ramp 68

7/22 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found 2.7 mi N of Ramp 68

7/25 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .47 mi N of Ramp 70

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .13 mi N of Ramp 72

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .56 mi S of Ramp 70

7/27 - A loggerhead sea turtle nest was found .3 mi N of Ramp 70

 

Ocracoke District False Crawl:

7/26 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 1.19 mi S of Ramp 59

7/27 – A loggerhead sea turtle false crawl was found 3.87 mi N of Ramp 67

 

New nests this week: 21

Total nests to date:  122*

New false crawls this week: 6

Total false crawls to date:  87

Nests hatched this week: 1

Total nests hatched to date: 1

 

*The most nests ever documented on the seashore

 

Sea Turtle Strandings:

 

Bodie District:

            None this week

Hatteras District:

7/23 – An dead adult loggerhead sea turtle was found 0.4 mi W Ramp 45. The sea turtle was discovered without a head or front flippers. A necropsy revealed shark bites on the sea turtle and no visible signs of human interaction.

Ocracoke District:

None this week

 

Marine Mammals:

 

Bodie District:

7/23 – A dead Bottlenose dolphin was found 2.1 mi S of Ramp 2.

 

Hatteras District:

None this week.

 

Ocracoke District:

None this week.

 

Closures – additions/modifications/removals:

 

Closure #

Location

Species

Date Installed or Removed

Bodie District

 

 

 

BH10-004-D

            2.6 mi N of Ramp 27

LETE

7/23/2010

Hatteras District

 

 

 

HI10-002-L

South Beach/Ramp 45

PIPL, AMOY, LETE

7/23/2010

Ocracoke District

 

 

 

OI10-002-J

0.7 mi SW of Ramp 72

AMOY, WIPL

7/23/2010

 

Closure intrusions:

 

Bodie District:

7/22 – Six pedestrians observed walking on the beach inside the resource closure at Ramp 23.

7/22   - Two sets of pedestrian tracks and 1 set of dog tracks entered the resource closure; Ramp 23.

7/22 - 21 pedestrians observed at or below the high-tide line inside the resource closure at Ramp 27. Pedestrians were contacted by LE.

7/27 - One set of bare footprints were observed along the water 0.2 mi South of Ramp 27.

7/27 - One person was walking along the water inside the closure at Ramp 23.

 

Hatteras District:

7/23 – Three sets of footprints documented inside the LETE closure 1.5 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/23 – A jogger was observed in the LETE closure 1.7 mi S of Ramp 38.

7/28 – Pedestrian tracks observed in the sea turtle nest closure 1.9 mi N of Ramp 55.

7/28 – Pedestrian and dog tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 2 mi N of Ramp 55. The closure string was broken.

7/28 – Pedestrian and dog tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 2.2 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/28 – One set of pedestrian tracks were observed in the sea turtle nest closure 0.1 mi W of Ramp 49.

7/28 – Five sets of pedestrian tracks were observed in the expanded sea turtle nest closure just E of Ramp 49.

                                                                                            

Ocracoke District:

7/28 – Two individuals landed a boat on the sound-side shoreline of South Point, but left before contact could be made.