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Rare birds and sea turtles have increased their numbers on Cape Hatteras National Seashore during the 2009 nesting season, according to the National Park Service. The increase in nesting waterbirds and sea turtles comes after the implementation of park management practices that limited off-road driving on the beaches. After two seasons of limited off-road use, the National Park Service reports the highest ever recorded sea turtle counts and a sharp increase in the number of rare bird nests from previous nesting seasons. Also of note, visitation to the national seashore increased after the off-road limitations were put into place.

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