A popular fishing beach on Ocracoke Island was reopened to off-road vehicles but then restricted Thursday because an endangered tern's nest was found with a baby and its parents.
Superintendent Mike Murray of Cape Hatteras National Seashore said night driving still is prohibited but vehicles can access the beach in areas that are open between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.
South Point has been closed since spring to protect nests of endangered birds.
Officials had said a day earlier that the nesting season was winding down and that was why the South Point area was being opened for surf fishermen and others.
The discovery of the new nest means the end of the point will remain closed a while longer, officials said.
Although the park service had some closures in place earlier this year, environmental groups sued to get more closures to protect endangered birds and turtles during nesting.
The park service also said about a mile around Ramp 45 at Cape Point on Hatteras Island was being reopened. The area is another popular fishing spot at Cape Hatteras.
Park officials said reopenings will be updated on the park Web site – www.nps.gov/caha.