Driving Trip to Bird Island

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Date(s) - Saturday - September 8, 2018
8:30 am - 4:00 pm


Bird Island Reserve


Gather at Hardee’s Leland at 8:30 a.m.; leave at 8:45 a.m. Detailed directions will be provided.  Should arrive about 10 a.m. Stop at Mama’s Restaurant in Tabor City for regrouping, restrooms, and breakfast. Leave Tabor City about 11 to 11:30 a.m. Travel to Bird Island about 36 miles.  Should arrive around noon.

The Bird Island Reserve has pristine, sandy-white beaches, high natural dunes, and more than 1000 acres of beautiful salt marshes and tidal creeks. The natural area is one of ten sites that make up the North Carolina Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve. “Saving Great Places” by Glenn Blackburn, documents years of battles by the Bird Island Preservation Society under locally renowned preservationist Bill Drucker to fend off development efforts in the 1990s. (The book is online for free to read – Chapter 3 is about Bird Island.)  In 2002, Bird Island was dedicated into the state’s reserve program.  A private educational walk along the beach will be provided for those who are willing and able. It is about 1 1/2 – 2 hours – 2.8 miles total – all flat. Bring sunscreen, bug spray, water, and appropriate hats. (Will ask at Hardees – though not required – for a $5 donation per car for steward’s time and as donation to BIPS.) Those who choose not to take the tour can fish at the pier, sit on the beach, or visit Calabash during the 2 hours. Now it should be about 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Six mile drive to The Boundary House Restaurant in Calabash for a late lunch/early dinner or just a cold drink where a separate area has been reserved. Directions will be provided. Everyone should be able to be on the road by 4 p.m. or so.

If planning to participate in this trip, please email Bill Fay at wffay@live.com no later than Saturday, April 18. Please let him that if you plan to take the trip, whether you will meet at Hardees vs. meeting somewhere else, if you plan to have breakfast, if you plan to take the tour, and if you plan to dine at The Boundary House so that reservation numbers can be made at each venue, and so that there will be enough Stewards for the tour (we will be breaking into smaller groups.)