Cape Lookout National Seashore

IBA Justification

The site was identified as important in 2011 because it was regularly supporting significant populations of the species listed below, meeting ('triggering') IBA criteria.

Populations meeting IBA criteria ('trigger species'):
Species Current IUCN Red List Category Season Year(s) Population estimate at site IBA criteria met
American Oystercatcher Haematopus palliatus LC - - present A4i
Wilson's Plover Charadrius wilsonia LC - - present A4i
Piping Plover Charadrius melodus NT - - present A1
Red Knot Calidris canutus NT - - present A4i
Sanderling Calidris alba LC - - present A4i

The current IUCN Red List category may differ from that which was valid at the time of IBA criteria assessment (2011).

IBA Protection

Protected area (PA) PA designation PA area (ha) Relationship of PA with IBA Overlap of PA with IBA (ha)
Ocracoke Inlet Crab Spawning Sanctuary 3,845 protected area overlaps with site 0
Drum Inlet Crab Spawning Sanctuary 2,099 protected area overlaps with site 0
Cape Lookout National Seashore 11,335 protected area overlaps with site 0
Bardens Inlet Crab Spawning Sanctuary 2,011 protected area overlaps with site 0

Recommended citation
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Area factsheet: Cape Lookout National Seashore. Downloaded from on 02/10/2023.