Birding on Cape Lookout National Seashore

Harkers Island, North Carolina

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The open wildlands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are excellent places to see a variety of birds, especially during spring and fall migrations. The diversity and numbers of birds at this national seashore don’t quite compare to those of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the north. Cape Lookout has a bird-sighting list of 275 species and, as the last uninhabited stretch of barrier island in North Carolina, is an important resting spot for birds during their spring and fall migrations. It is one of the most important areas in the state for the threatened piping plover. Though there is a great variety of birdlife at Cape Lookout National Seashore, the park is not a popular place for birders primarily because of its remoteness.
Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

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Exploring Cape Hatteras and Cape Lookout National Seashores

by Molly Perkins Harrison (Falcon Guides)

The open wildlands of Cape Lookout National Seashore are excellent places to see a variety of birds, especially during spring and fall migrations. The diversity and numbers of birds at this national seashore don’t quite compare to those of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore to the north.

Cape Lookout has a bird-sighting list of 275 species and, as the last uninhabited stretch of barrier island in North Carolina, is an important resting spot for birds during their spring and fall migrations. It is one of the most important areas in the state for the threatened piping plover.

Though there is a great variety of birdlife at Cape Lookout National Seashore, the park is not a popular place for birders primarily because of its remoteness.

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Activity Type: Birding
Nearby City: Harkers Island
Trail Type: Several options
Best Times: Year-round
Local Contacts: Contact information for the national seashore, visitor centers, and local resources are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Birding on Cape Lookout National Seashore

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