Guided educational walks to Bird Island & Kindred Spirit Mailbox:
- Hosted this summer by the Bird Island Preservation Society Stewards.
- Walks begin on the 40th Street & Main St. boardwalk walkover to the beach
- at 8:30-1030am, every Wednesday from May 30 through September 5, and will last about 2.5 hours.
- BRING YOURSELF WATER and strong sun protection!
Last year, more than 650 people took the weekly Bird Island walking tours. Carmel Zetts with the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol said sometimes they had to break participants into two or three groups to accommodate all the people taking these walking tours.The Bird Island Reserve has pristine sandy white beaches, high natural dunes and more than 1,200 acres of beautiful salt marsh and tidal creeks. This natural area is one of 10 sites that make up the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Preservation of the Bird Island Reserve allows this coastal ecosystem to be available as an outdoor laboratory where scientists, students and the public can learn about processes, functions and influences that shape and sustain the coastal area.A popular destination for boaters, beachcombers, and bicyclists, visitors are invited to enjoy this perfect sanctuary, visit the Kindred Spirit mailbox, learn about sand dune wildlife and experience the history and habitats of the beautiful coastal preserve, as long as they do not disturb the environment or organisms or interfere with research and educational activities.
More information here: http://www.nccoastalreserve.net/web/crp/bird-island
Taking part in the Bird Island Reserve Local Advisory Committee are Carmel Zetts with the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, Charley Winterbauer, president of the Cape Fear Audubon Society, community representative Noelle Kehrberg, Sunset Beach Town Administrator Hiram Marziano and Hope Sutton, stewardship coordinator and southern sites manager for the North Carolina Coastal Reserve.