Farewell Cape Lookout

Farewell Cape Lookout

Wow, how the time has flown. I can not believe my time here at Cape Lookout National Seashore is over. The sadness still has not hit me, but I know I will miss this park dearly. I have made so many great friends and experienced many great adventures. Here are some of the highlights from my summer:

  • Found and collected data for over 120 sea turtle nests and false crawls
  • Responded to 3 sea turtle strandings
  • Helped band 10 American Oystercatcher and 24 Black Skimmer chicks
  • Completed 2 night patrols to look for nesting mothers to satellite tag
  • Featured on NPS/CSU’s Outside Science Inside Parks (hopefully episode being released this fall)
  • Got more experience using ArcGIS
  • Learned how to ride an ATV on the beach
  • Filmed footage of sea turtle patrolling with SCA interns in the park

and for some highlights that were not internship related

  • Went paddleboarding and saw dolphins and stingrays
  • Visited Shackleford Banks and saw the wild horses
  • Went on a boat cruise to watch fireworks for July 4th
  • Horseback riding on the beach (even saw wild cattle!)
  • Parasailing
  • Visited the North Carolina Aquarium
  • Bought and flew a sea turtle kite!
  • Enjoyed the ocean view from our park housing daily
  • Learned to cook and become best friends with my roommate/Scientists in Parks intern Rachel

I am so incredibly thankful and blessed to have partaken in this internship. Everyone was so incredibly nice and supportive in training me in the field. I am really sad to leave but have a feeling this magical seashore will draw me back for future visits.

Rachel and I on the workboat heading out for turtle patrol
Jumping for joy by the Cape Lookout Lighthouse
Supervisor Jon Altman and I on my last day at CALO
Horseback Riding on the beach
My Kite!
Parasailing in Beaufort

  • Daniel Harper
    Posted at 15:31h, 20 August

    Happy you enjoyed our beautiful park.
    Come back soon. Danny Harper, I am Sue’s
    Next door neighbor .,Also friends with Jeff , our wonderful park superintendent..

  • Raymond Hartgrove
    Posted at 06:20h, 08 September

    I admire and appreciate all the hard work/sacrifices your group is doing therefore at Cape Lookout. My bucket list includes a visit at this facility. Thank you and all involved.