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April 09, 2020

Bird Watching

Bird Watching
If you enjoy watching our feathered friends then the Southport-Oak Island area will give you plenty of opportunity to add to your life list.  

The Boiling Spring Lakes Preserve is a must walk on your birding expedition. The trail head is located at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center, #1 Leeds Road, Boiling Spring Lakes. According to the NC Nature Conservancy, this area is extremely special since the average natural area has 8-10 species of plants in one square meter but the Boiling Spring Lakes wetlands have several times that number.  Watch the long leaf pines for the federally endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker but don’t forget to look down or you might miss a Venus flytrap or Pitcher Plant. 

Bird Watching From MarinasBald Head Island Nature Conservancy has organized daily tours with professional naturalists or visit the island and explore for yourself.   

Battery Island (directly across from the Waterfront in Southport) is a protected island and is managed by the North Carolina Audubon Society.  Battery Island has 15% of the global population of the White Ibis and the largest colony of nesting wading birds in North Carolina. Birds calling Battery Island home: The Great Egret, Snowy Egret, Tricolored Heron, Little Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, American Oystercatcher, Seaside Sparrows, Marsh Wrens and Clapper Rails.  Although not part of any preserve, society or conservancy, there are many areas throughout the area that provide excellent viewing areas for bird watching.

Oak Island Walkways-  There are several walkways crossing Davis Canal that give you a good vantage point to catch a glimpse of these beauties in their natural habitat.

Brunswick Nature Park - 2601 River Road, Winnabow.  Brunswick Nature Park has 911 acres of wonderful undeveloped wilderness that provides a dynamic mix of vegetation, wildlife, ecosystems, vistas, wetlands and waterways. It is truly an environmental oasis worthy of exploration. You can enjoy a kayak/canoe launch site, a 40x40 picnic pavilion perfect for a family gathering and miles of hiking and biking trails. 
Park is open year round from 8 am until dusk. 

From the land or on the water, you will be amazed by the variety and beauty of our wildlife.