PENDER COUNTY – With winter comes bird migration. What a wonderful time to discover the shorebirds of Topsail Island!
Pender County Parks and Recreation, the Town of Topsail Beach and Becky Skiba from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission have created a birding adventure, starting Feb. 12, 9 -11 a.m.
Additional birding adventures are set for March 19 and April 23, both from 9 – 11 a.m.
“We invite all Pender County and surrounding area residents to join us on a birding adventure in Topsail Beach,” said Zach White, Pender County Parks and Recreation supervisor.
According to White, the beaches and sand bars are home to gray clusters of birds that scurry in and out with the tidal zones. These birds face amazing challenges on their migration journey.
Attendees will have hands-on field experience to improve birding skills. Learn identification tricks and behavioral cues too.
“All levels of experience and knowledge are welcome to join us,” said White. “This is a family-friendly beach walk.”
There is no charge for the two-hour programs. The workshop will be outdoors even in a drizzle. Please wear weather appropriate attire and bring plenty of water and binoculars. If you do not have binoculars, some will be provided (limited quantity).
Attendees will meet at 630 Davis Ave. in Topsail Beach for the birding adventures.
“We will host monthly beach bird hikes through April,” said White. “This is an exciting collaboration between the Town of Topsail Beach, Pender County Parks and Recreation, and NC Wildlife Resources,” said White. “So, stay tuned for future hikes and activity announcements”
For questions or to pre-register, email Becky at Rebecca.Skiba@ncwildlife.org.