Record-Breaking Year for Cape Hatteras Sea Turtles

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Green Sea Turtle, © Robert Wintner DPC

Not long ago, off-road vehicles were a serious threat to nesting shorebirds and sea turtles at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It took a long-term effort from Defenders and our advocates to put new rules in place to make the beach safe for these endangered animals. And this year, that effort is paying off in spades.

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Green Sea Turtle, Photo: NOAA
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April 2015 - In less than 40 years, this population of sea turtles has gone from nearly vanishing to laying thousands of successful nests on our beaches every year.
Sea Turtle, © Christina Albright-Mundy
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April, 2013: Thanks to new regulations that Defenders proposed and worked hard to promote, Mexico is protecting vital sea turtle nesting habitat.
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July 2014 - A federal court has upheld Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach driving rule, which has been great news for sea turtles, piping plovers & tourism.