Officials have closed access to several spots on the Cape Lookout National Seashore where an endangered bird makes its nest from April through August.
The National Park Service said Friday that nine areas on Core Banks are restricted to help protect Piping Plover nests. The restrictions limit beach access to vehicles, pedestrians and dogs.
In most areas, the lower beach and shoreline are open.
The restricted areas are Portsmouth Flats, High Hills, Kathryn-Jane Flats, the Old Drum Inlet area, the New Drum Inlet area, old Ophelia Island, the north tip of South Core Banks, Cape Point, and Power Squadron Spit.
Officials at Cape Hatteras National Seashore have also closed access to some beach areas to protect endangered bird and sea