Cape Hatteras National Seashore Announces 2017 Campground Season
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore camping season will begin in mid-April. The Oregon Inlet and Cape Point campgrounds will open for the season on Friday, April 14 and the Frisco and Ocracoke campgrounds will open on Friday, April 21. All four campgrounds will remain open until the season ends on November 27, 2017.
All campgrounds accommodate tents, trailers, and motor homes up to 35 feet. Each campground also provides rest rooms, potable water, showers, grills, and picnic tables. No hookups (utility connections) are available.
No more than six people and two vehicles may occupy a single campsite. Camping trailers, including pop-up campers, are considered vehicles. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, all camping is limited to a total of 14 days within a 30-day period. Quiet hours are between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. Generators may not be operated during these hours.
Group camping is available at Oregon Inlet Campground. The group campsite accommodates groups of 7-30 people, including infants and toddlers. Due to the popularity of the group camping site, it is recommended that reservations be made at least two weeks in advance.
Camping in Cape Hatteras National Seashore is permitted only in designated campgrounds. Camping on beaches is prohibited. Pets must be physically restrained at all times on a leash not exceeding 6 feet in length. For more information, please go to www.nps.gov/caha.
Reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777, or on the Internet at www.recreation.gov, and can be made up to six months in advance.
Sign up for the 6th Annual 5K/10K & Family Fun Run & 2nd Annual Half Marathon
You are invited to come to Ocracoke on April 29, 2017 for the Ocracoke Island’s 6th annual 10k/5k and 1 mile family fun run. The 10/5K run will take place in the Village of Ocracoke through historic neighborhoods, by Ocracoke Harbor, and by the 2nd oldest lighthouse in the United States in continuous service. The course is basically flat. All accommodations are within walking or biking distance to the start/finish line. Golf cart rentals are available. There will be limited parking near start/finish line. There will be a one mile family fun run immediately following the 10k/5K awards ceremony. The 2016 race raised over $40,000.00 for our three beneficiaries. The top three male and female runners will receive an award as well as the top three male and female finishers of each age category. THIS YEAR ALL 5K AND 10K FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE MEDALS. Everyone completing the Family Run will receive a medal recognizing the event. All 10k/5K runners will receive a t-shirt (sizes not guaranteed after April 14th pre-registration) with local artist design. Beginning 11:30am Gaffer’s Sports Pub will host post run party. There will be no charge for 10k/5K runners. Food and beverages will be provided.6th Annual Jolly Roger 5k and Queen Anne’s Revenge 10k. Saturday April 29th 2017 at 8:00am A benefit for Ocracoke Community Radio WOVV, Ocracoke School Athletic Boosters Club, Ocracoke Community Park and the Ocracoke Childcare.
Clam Chowder Cook-Off to be held April 15, 2017
Mark your calendars for Ocracoke Child Care’s 3rd Annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off! Join us for first event of season: the annual Clam Chowder Cook-Off on April 15, the Saturday of Easter weekend. Local chefs and foodies compete to cook up the best traditional Ocracoke Clam Chowder. There’s a creative category, too, in case you want to add a little something extra to the basic recipe. Enter your chowder, or just come by and taste them all! Winners are chosen by popular vote. This delicious event is a fundraiser for the non-profit Ocracoke Child Care. Find out more at ocracokechildcare.com
Please Don’t Feed the Ducks
Over the past few years, the mallard duck population on Ocracoke has grown to amazing proportions.
Everybody loves ducks, right? We make way for ducklings, we’re kind to our fine-feathered friends, we toss them stale bread, and watch them splash in puddles. We find their awkward waddling and raucous quack-quacking to be downright charming.
Up to a point. Ducks are cute in small numbers; big flocks leave big messes behind.
Ocracoke’s harbor area, from the Anchorage Inn to Captain’s Landing, and down British Cemetery Road around to Back Road, has, for the last several years, been breeding a duck dynasty of semi-tame, no-longer-migrating mallards. Officials estimate there are about 300 daffy ducks in downtown Ocracoke.
They waddle and wade and hang out and look cute and poop. They poop a lot.
Chris Turner is the coastal regional wildlife biologist for thirteen counties (including Hyde) at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. He’d like to educate people with one important message: STOP FEEDING THE DUCKS.
“Tame ducks live a charmed life with no real predators,” he said. “Ocracoke is the perfect situation for a duck – food, lots of water, nothing to bother them.” Their numbers are likely to grow, he explained, unless we STOP FEEDING THEM.
The Ocracoke community held several meetings last winter and spring to discuss options to deal with the overbreeding waterfowl. There are Federal laws in place regarding birds and their capture, caging, rehabilitation, and release, which complicates the issue when we want to the ever growing duck population.
Carol Pahl leads the OCBA task force on dealing with ducks, and provides information at ocracokeducks.blogspot.com.
“The next step is to get signs up,” she said. Signs around the village will remind visitors not to feed the fowl. The county does have permission to euthanize up to 350 ducks, but, Carol says, no one really wants to do that. Think of it as a very, very last resort. The hope is that if people stop feeding them, the ducks will disperse on their own.
“I think it seems better, the ducks might be thinning out,” Carol said. “They seem to be spreading out around the village now that some of the feeding has stopped.”