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Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a key wintering and stopover site for migratory shorebirds, and an ABC-designated Globally Important Bird Area. The Wilderness Society has launched a campaign to block moves by Congress that would reinstate beach access to off-road vehicles, which can kill the newly-hatched young of nesting Piping Plovers, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers, and disturb staging Red Knots.
We are asking BirdWire activists to help them in this campaign. Please contact your Representative today and ask them to say no to the proposed changed rules.
George Fenwick,President, American Bird Conservancy
For decades, the National Park Service ignored the law and refused to place required regulations on motorized beach driving at Cape Hatteras, N.C. Because of this, off-road vehicles disturbed, ran over, and crushed threatened shorebirds and their nests, and killed endangered sea turtles. The habitat damage that vehicles left behind just got worse.
Finally, limited protections were agreed to for the birds and turtles. But the new off-road vehicle rules that are helping populations recover are in danger of being tossed out by Congress.
Protections for species that depend on the shoreline may be lost if your elected officials don't hear from you now - contact them today!
Lawmakers recently proposed legislation that would do away with protections to the Seashore's most sensitive habitats -- areas where loggerhead turtles and threatened shorebird species, such as Least Terns and Piping Plovers, nest and feed.
Please tell your elected officials immediately that you strongly oppose this irresponsible and short-sighted legislation.
Kathy KilmerDirector, Electronic CommunicationsThe Wilderness Society
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