Gone to the Birds
While you might get a glimpse of them throughout the month of May, come visit our bald eagles Memorial Day weekend for the official opening of their habitat Eagle Landing! The first bald eagle to arrive at the aquarium, Uwohali, came from the Cape Fear Raptor Center in Rocky Point. She is a juvenile who had both wings amputated near the wrist after flying into a powerline. The second bald eagle, Shagoie Watha, is an adult female who came to the aquarium from TreeHouse Wildlife Center in Dow, Illinois, with her left wing amputated just above the elbow after being found with an irreparable injury. Learn about them and their tremendous story.
Migratory Bird Day
Take a guided hike through the trails of Theodore Roosevelt Natural Area, during Migratory Bird Day and learn about the different migratory birds found within the old growth maritime forest, May 11.
Summer is for the birds at the aquarium. A Bird’s-Eye View opens for its tenth season with an all new show. Wise up about owls and other native raptors and water birds beginning Saturday, May 25. The daily free-flight bird show offers a close look at some impressive birds.
Arrive early for this popular, free program starring native raptors and water birds soaring overhead in Big Rock Theater. The show highlights the unique features of various owls, hawks, pelicans, vultures and other species that can be found across North Carolina. All the birds in the show have injuries or conditions that prevent their release into the wild. A Bird’s-Eye View is offered daily at 11am and 2pm.
Sea Stars and Stripes
On Memorial Day, the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will host Sea Stars and Stripes as a way to salute active military and their families. The event, held 4-8pm on Sunday, May 26, is specifically designed for currently serving military who have young children.
Spring into Summer
Come see what’s new at the aquarium when you kick off the summer. The aquarium is open 9am to 5pm throughout the Memorial Day holiday weekend as usual. Programs free with admission such as animal feedings and animal encounters are offered daily throughout May. Many more programs and occasions join the line-up in early June, including:
• Free fun filled activities emphasize small things anyone can do to enhance ocean health during World Oceans Weekend, June 8-9.
• Stand-up paddle boarding, kayak excursions or other outdoor adventures are offered daily in the summer for additional fees.
• Kids Night Out offers parents the opportunity to hit the town after hours while providing kids a special night out at the aquarium. Dinner, crafts, programs and activities included.
Extend your aquarium visit with a variety of specialized behind-the-scenes tours with special viewing for sharks, otters, sea turtles and more. See the website for the full schedule and be sure to sign up ahead of time. Programs fill quickly so advance registration is recommended for all fee-based programs.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. The aquarium is open 9am-5pm daily. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.