COVID 19 Update

3.23.2020 UPDATE:
ALL BHI CONSERVANCY BUILDINGS ARE NOW CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, including Fleming Educational Classroom and Turtle Central Gift Shop.

Additionally, all in-person educational programs are canceled through April 30.

3.17.2020 UPDATE:

Dear Conservancy Community,

Spring is usually such a wonderful time on Bald Head Island as the ocean and creek waters warm and our friendly painted buntings start flocking to our live oaks.  We also begin to anticipate upcoming Easter and summer family gatherings on the island.  Of course, this spring, our primary thoughts lie elsewhere as we prepare to ride out the effects of an invader that we know so little about.  While I know we will get through this challenge and that we must not panic, we must also exercise a strong sense of caution to keep our communities safe.  Among the immediate measures we have enacted at the Conservancy include:

 1)  Our main offices in the Barrier Island Study Center will be closed to the public.  Our team will work mostly from home with intermittent travel to BHI to reduce exposures during ferry rides.  We do want to stay engaged with our community so if you have a specific question for a team member, please visit our contacts page: for their direct email address.

2)  The Fleming Education building will remain open for the time being and guests are welcome to visit our animals and displays.  We will keep the doors propped open and have hand sanitizer positioned by the door.  Please use the sanitizer immediately upon entering and refrain from touching the exhibits.  Our custodial crew will be doing increased sanitizing of the Fleming in the evenings.

3)  All in-person public programs are cancelled through at least March 30.  We want to encourage the recommended practice of social distancing for the health and safety of the public, education staff, and our interns. Anyone who is registered for a program during this time period will receive a refund.  

4)  The March 19 lecture at the Club with Dr. Erin Burge will be rescheduled at a later date.

5)  Our science team will continue field research projects among the creek, dunes, forest, and aquifer until further notice.  Spending time outdoors is a great distraction for our crew and will continue as long as health conditions on BHI warrant.

6)  Turtle Central will remain open for now but we ask visitors to please wait patiently on the deck if there are more than a handful of others in the store.  TC staff are sanitizing surfaces every 30 minutes and will spend extra time in the evenings in sanitizing mode. Check out the Turtle Central website as e-commerce is a great shopping alternative!

Please check our Facebook and social media pages to keep updated.  @BHIConservancy and @BHICTurtleCentralGiftShop or instagram at @bhiconservancy and @turtlecentralbhic  Conditions could change quickly and we will keep you updated on the status of BHI and the Conservancy’s campus.

Lastly, please be safe and take care of your families and friends and I look forward to seeing everyone back on BHI in the hopefully not too distant future! 

G. Christopher Shank
Executive Director
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