Bosun’s Point

Orange-billed, black and white birds with raucous calls are likely to greet you around Bosun’s Point. The American Oystercatcher can be seen throughout North Inlet feeding on oyster reefs, resting on sandbars, and soaring overhead.

But not too long ago populations of this charismatic bird were rapidly disappearing. A survey by Manomet in 2008 estimated that the population was declining by 1.5% per year and was down to about 10,250 birds total. Pressure from predators, habitat loss, and disturbance from human activities was preventing nesting birds from being able to hatch and raise chicks. Oytsercatcher populations are beginning to rebound due to efforts to manage threats, provide educational opportunities and build partnerships with coastal towns and states to conserve habitats.