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FERRY SLIP ISLAND, NC (WWAY)– Eight islands in the Cape Fear prohibit people, so another species can call them home.

It’s a spot on the Cape Fear River normally closed off to the public. Lindsay Addison researches and tracks 20 different species of birds on eight different islands.

“I think about them,” Addison said. “I’m like what are you guys up to today? What are you guys going to do? What am I going to find today? There’s always something going on, always something new.”

Dredging projects created the land by accident.

“Back in the 1970s the U.S. Army core of Engineers needed a place to deposit a bunch of material they dredged out of a navigational channel,” Addison explained.

This created the perfect elevation to protect the birds, no route for predators, and most importantly, no people.

“Someone on the island during the wrong time of the year can cause a tremendous amount of damage,” the Deputy State Director of Audubon, Walker Golder said.

Golder describes what happened when someone tried camping on Ferry Slip Island.

“We saw probably a thousand or more eggs abandoned in the colony, they had just wiped out the colony and it was merely their presence,” Golder said. “It wasn’t vandalism.”

Addison says they even have to be careful when they do research.

“What we ask ourselves is: Are the conditions right to visit the islands and are we gathering information that’s going to help these species as a whole?” Addison explained.

She says monitoring these islands is vital to keep these birds around. These islands are the only ones in a 100 mile vicinity that have suitable living conditions for these birds.

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  • guest23092

    Can we please have a video of the interview with this woman?

    funny how the audubon complains about dredging….

  • Jill peleuses

    Lindsay Addison works diligently to protect and promote shorebirds in our area. Great work Lindsay and Audubon staff!

  • guest45

    sounds to me like a woman that hears voices in her head, probably needs to be in a rubber room. definately not suitable to be in the general public.

  • guest 1234

    Although I’d love to see the “bird lady”, but for this to be remotely relevant, how about a map? How do we know we might be on the wrong magic island? There are a bunch of small islands, but more importantly, there are a bunch more kayakers who would rather know how to help protect than randomly damage the environment.

    Step it up Hannah.

  • guest987

    Bird nesting areas statewide are signed to indicate what places are off-limits.

  • Kathy Hannah

    Miss Addison’s dedication and love of nature should be treasured by those of us living by the shore.


    Wait until Deputy State Director of Audubon, Walker Golder, Trustee & Turtle Huggers et al Start GRABBING PUBLIC LANDS and BANNING PEOPLE from them, (Freeman park, Ft. Fisher & Masonboro are next folks, as Well as the North & South Ends of these Beaches, (Writsville beach also)) , BANNING the GENERAL PUBLIC,INCLUDING BUT NOT lIMITED TO Damaging the Local Ecomoney, Fishing AND just Enjoying the Beach, Due to these “Birders”..(look up the National Park ervice) * HATTERIS Beach Closers,Look it up, It’s well documented, that the *Audubon*, NPS uses M-16’s to keep people out of Closuers…
    Here IS a Very NICE Documentary about Whats happening ay OBX et al, (A National Seashore Partolled by National Park Service with M-16’s et al), Desytoried By the NPS, Audubon, Sirrea Club, et al & other Enviromental groups…
    **America’s Beach The People of Hatteras Island Outer Banks North Carolina**
    1:44 Documentary, VERY well woRth the Watch.. COMING TO A BEACH NEAR YOU!
    History of the Folks are to start the Documentary,, START @ 33:00 minutes in the See what WILL happen HERE!)

    (also research the Free Island Press, of OBX)..
    To people that think It can’t happen here,, Well so did Hatteris Island & the OBX Beaches…

  • guest6969696969

    More: We are Next..
    MOREHEAD CITY — Coastal residents, visitors and municipalities may soon have to follow new federal rules for all sorts of coastal activities, from fishing to walking on the beach to beach driving, because of new critical habitat areas for loggerhead sea turtles.

    While the federal rules announced Wednesday expressly define potential threats to turtle habitats, ways to mitigate those perils are less clearly described.

    Both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service published their final rules in the Federal Register on loggerhead sea turtle critical habitat Thursday. The News-Times received on Wednesday an advance copy of those rules, which declare more than 96 miles of North Carolina shoreline – including Bogue Banks – as critical habitat.

    According to the document, critical habitat designation means activities or projects in the habitat that are federally funded, managed or permitted – including federally managed fishing, federally funded dredging, offshore energy exploration and beach nourishment projects – must undergo additional scrutiny before being permitted. If threats to the habitat or the species using it were found, special management consideration would be required to get any federal permits the activity or project needs.
    Credits; http://m.carolinacoastonline.com/news_times/article_925b9d52-079e-11e4-8bb7-0019bb2963f4.html?mode=jqm#.U75ES9RVv3w.facebook

    Least tern nest closes oceanfront in north Avon

    **The National Park Service discovered a least tern nest on Sunday that has closed the ocean beach in front of nine houses on Pamlico Court on the very north end of Avon.

    The Park Service established a colonial waterbird pre-nesting area north of Avon in the spring, but this pair of birds nested just south of the pre-nesting area.

    The buffer distance for a least tern nest is 100 meters, which is about 328 feet or a little longer than a football field. Therefore, the resource closure extends in front of about nine oceanfront houses on Pamlico Court in northern Avon.

    This is the first time that anyone involved in the beach access issue can remember that a resource closure for nesting birds has closed the beach in front of houses in a village.

    Outer Banks Group Superintendent Barclay Trimble said yesterday that he had already fielded phone calls from Warren Judge, chairman of the Dare County Board of Commissioners, and at least one rental manager.

    He said the Park Service has closed the ocean beach just up to the toe of the dune, so that the occupants of the cut-off houses can cross over the dune and then head south along a narrow path between the dune and the closure to gain access to the open beach just south of Pamlico Court.

    “It’s not an easy walk,” said Beth Midgett, rental manager for Midgett Realty, who visited the area yesterday. The company handles two houses affected by the closure. Both are occupied this week.

    One, she said, is on the southern end of the closure and is not as much of a problem as the other one, which is the very first house in northern Avon. That house, she said, is occupied by a family with a grandmother who has mobility issues and cannot manage the walk in the deep sand behind the dune to the ocean beach that is open.

    “They are not at all happy,” Midgett said, noting that they had been planning all year for this vacation and chose the oceanfront house for the easy access.

    According to park biologist Eric Frey, the average incubation time for a nest is 21 days and chicks usually fledge in 19 to 20 days.

    The closure for unfledged chicks is 200 meters, which could mean more oceanfront closures in a few weeks for northern Avon.

    Even if the nest is not successful, the closure will remain in place for two more weeks to see if the pair of bird will try again with another one.

    If the nests hatches, Trimble said, “We’ll just have to see where the chicks go after that.”

    At any rate, the oceanfront closures won’t end anytime soon and could extend into August.

    The least tern is not a federally protected species under the Endangered Species Act. It is listed by the state of North Carolina as a “species of special concern.”

    The state said when the Park Service was formulating its new off-road vehicle plan that it did not intend that the protections for these birds be as extensive as was being proposed. The Park Service said it had an obligation to protect the species of special concern.
    **CREDITS: http://islandfreepress.org/2014Archives/06.24.2014-LeastTernNestClosesOceanfrontInNorthAvon.html

    **AVON, N.C. – This Memorial Day weekend, thousands of tourists will flock to Cape Hatteras National Seashore in hopes of taking in the fresh air and frolicking in the saltwater. Their temporary reprieve is a permanent home for sea turtles and other wildlife now reaping the rewards of greater protection.

    In 2012, the National Park Service began enforcing a rule to limit beach driving during sea turtle and shorebird nesting season. Jason Rylander, a senior attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, said the rule is based in science.

    “Plenty of research backs up the fact that when you can limit the amount of disturbance in those areas at the critical times of the years, you will see a correlation to nesting success,” he said.

    Only 11 miles of the 67-mile national seashore are closed as a result of enforcing the rule. Another 19 miles of beach remain open for driving. Other sections are closed for human safety concerns. Since summer 2012, there have been record sea-turtle nest counts.**
    CREDITS: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-05-21/environment/share-the-beach-no-driving-rule-benefits-nc-

  • Guest007

    This is a wonderful story about 2 groups working together for the best interest of our coast. More partnerships such as this would improve our coast for people, birds, and communities. Birds make our coast a better place to live and work, and they need these islands. Thank you Audubon and Corps. Keep up the good work!

  • guest6969696969

    That Makes it a *CRIME*,WHILE under WHO’S Authroity to Place, “Bird nesting areas statewide are signed to indicate what places are off-limits.?? Under WHO’s “Directive? Marine Fisheries?, Wild-life Officers, Or the Grand Almightly AUDOBON, & the “Defenders of Wildlife”…??

    LasT I heard EVERYTHING BELOW the High tide/Mean water line BELONGS TO THE CITIZENS OF N.C…. not TO THE birds whom ARE not *ENDANGERED” OR a “SPECIECES OF CONCERN”…

    Folks, DO NOT let these FAUX NGO’s undermine OUR Rights to OUR Public beaches & waterways, like thay have in OBX,,,
    AGAIN: Start @ the 33:00 mark in the video link–> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFnitiNyZRc


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