Morgan Island is a small island near Cape Lookout. The upland portion of the island was built of dredged sand. Because more than 10 years have elapsed since the last deposit of dredged sand, significant shrub thickets have developed. These thickets support several thousand nesting wading birds annually.

Ornithological Summary

Morgan island has long supported nesting wading birds and seabirds. The site currently has 10 species of nesting colonial waterbirds and approximately 7,000-9,000 nesting pairs of birds (criteria 4f). The islands has one of the largest colonies of wading birds and Laughing Gulls in the state.

Conservation Issues

Disturbance to birds.

The island is posted, patrolled, and entirely off limits to visitors during the nesting season, from April 1 to August 31. It is in an area of high watercraft usage, so human disturbances are a concern. Human disturbance can result in egg or chick loss, nest abandonment, and colony abandonment.


The site is protected by the National Park Service.


Shrubland, bare sand, grassland, saltmarsh.

Land Use

Wildlife conservation.

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