Of the 469 bird species that have been documented in North Carolina, we’ve seen 235 on Bald Head Island (as of yesterday!!). Yesterday, a swallowtailed kite (Elanoides forficatus) was spotted soaring above our Middle Island Ibis Sanctuary! This species is very uncommon in our region. The long forked tail, on this stunning black and white raptor, is its most notable characteristic. They are appropriately named- they rarely...


Have you visited our Barrier Island Study Center? If not, stop by and see all of the innovative green features inside our new facility! We are open Monday- Friday from 9am-4pm. While you’re here, take a look at the saltwater aquarium in the entranceway. You may think you see a dead hermit crab on the rocks, but we assure you our specimens are quite happy! What you’re seeing is our hermit crab’s exoskeleton! Hermit crabs...


Please join Conservancy staff in our new Barrier Island Study Center for a movie night! This film follows a loggerhead sea turtle hatchling from her nest, to the Gulf Stream, and back to the beach to lay her own nest! Along the way she faces many obstacles: predators, plastics, and sea level changes. Learn about the fascinating species that nests right here on Bald Head Island! Following the film, Conservancy staff will...