Notes from the Field - May 2021

If you were on the Conservancy campus on Sunday, April 25, 2021, you may have noticed that it was a hive of activity, as BHI Conservancy hosted 35 scouts and adult leaders from BSA Troop 200 from Wilmington, NC. The scouts were working on conservation service hours, which are a requirement for their Life Rank. The troop spent the day working with Chief Scientist Dr. Beth Darrow and Environmental Science interns Phoenix Spivey and Tim Chisholm on a number of conservation projects. These projects included filling bags with recycled oyster shells to be used to restore oyster reef habitat in Bald Head Creek; building signs for sea turtle nests and an invasive plant experiment; and conducting a beach cleanup and logging the types of marine debris that were found. Conservancy staff were very impressed with how hard the scouts worked, the amount of work they achieved, and above all, their great attitude. In all, 104 oyster bags were filled, 94 signs were built, and 43 pounds of trash were collected from 5.3 miles of shoreline and roadway, which included 176 individual pieces of debris. Volunteers and BHIC staff worked for a total of 114 hours on Sunday, and 30 scouts achieved their service hour requirement. One scout said he logged >25,000 steps. 100% of participants slept well that night. Thank you, Troop 200!
Filling bags with recycled oyster shells
Building signs to mark sea turtle nests on the beach this summer
Cleaning the beach and disposing of debris properly
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