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Colonial-Nesting Waterbird Management of Ocracoke /Cape Hatteras . By: Lacie Lyon. What is a Colonial-Nesting Waterbird?. It is a term used to group a large variety of different bird species who share two common characteristics: Gather into large groups called colonies during nesting season

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what is a colonial nesting waterbird
What is a Colonial-Nesting Waterbird?
  • It is a term used to group a large variety of different bird species who share two common characteristics:
    • Gather into large groups called colonies during nesting season
    • They obtain most to all of their food from their surrounding water sources
two major divisions of nesting waterbirds
Two major divisions of Nesting Waterbirds
  • Seabirds
    • Primarliy feed in saltwater
    • Spend most of their life at sea
      • Few live on narrow beaches where the sea and land met
    • returning to shore for nesting
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Two major divisions of Nesting Waterbirds
  • Wading birds
    • Seek their food in fresh to brackish waters
    • Stand in the water and wait till prey comes within striking distance
    • Also nest onshore
lets met the nesting waterbirds of ocracoke cape hatteras
Lets met the Nesting Waterbirds of Ocracoke /Cape Hatteras
  • Common Tern
    • (sterna hirundo)
  • Least Tern
    • (sterna antillarum)
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Lets met the Nesting Waterbirds of Ocracoke /Cape Hatteras
  • Gull-Billed Tern
    • (Gelochelidon nolotica)
  • Black Skimmer
    • (Rinchops niger)
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Lets met the Nesting Waterbirds of Ocracoke /Cape Hatteras
  • American OysterCatcher
    • (Haematapus palliatus)
  • Piping Plover
    • (Charadrius melodus)
hazards for these birds
Hazards for these birds
  • Nature
    • Tropical storms/ hurricanes
    • Overwash
    • Heat
  • Predators
    • Feral cats, Red Fox, Ghost Crabs, Dogs
  • Human interference with nesting sites
    • Off Road Vehicles
    • Disregard for regulations
    • Close proximity to humans
prevention of natural problems
Prevention of Natural Problems
  • Shade Structures
    • Wooden with 10” by 6” tops placed upon 3” by 6” legs and open sides
  • Driftwood
    • Placed upon the beach to aid the development of small dunes
prevention of predators
Prevention of Predators
  • Trapping of Feral cats
  • Trapping of Red Foxes
  • Leash laws on dogs
possible ways humans can help
Possible Ways Humans Can Help
  • Ban on off road vehicles
    • 0.3-0.4 miles from
  • Fencing off of bird nesting areas
    • Better fencing alternatives
  • Buffer zones between humans and nest areas
    • Minimum of 50 yards from the nearest nest
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