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Colonial-Nesting Waterbird Management of Ocracoke /Cape Hatteras

By: Lacie Lyon


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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


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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


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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)


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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


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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


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Prevention of Predators

  • Trapping of Feral cats

  • Trapping of Red Foxes

  • Leash laws on dogs


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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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