The NC Coastal Federation is hosting its fall birding cruises on the White Oak River from 10am-noon on Sunday, Oct. 23 and Sunday, Nov. 13.
The cruises will be led by local birding expert and federation board member, JoAnne Powell. The two-hour cruises, aboard a covered ferry boat, will move through estuaries of the White Oak River and Bogue Sound and participants will identify resident and migratory shorebirds, warblers, raptors and waterfowl.
Birds are most common in and around coastal estuaries, looking for food, water and shelter. In addition to birds, the cruise offers views of marshes, Bogue Inlet and Bear Island. Participants may also see other kinds of wildlife, such as dolphins, that reside around the estuaries.
Participants will meet at the Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center in Swansboro at 9:45am and are asked to bring their own binoculars, as well as water and a snack. Please dress appropriately for the weather. The program fee is $25 for nonmembers. All ages are welcome, but the program is geared toward adults and older children.
Visit nccoast.org/events to register, or call 252-393-8185 for more information.