Audubon NC Ecotours in Wilmington

Just outside the gates of Landfall NC, in any direction you care to travel, you can find something interesting, fun, and educational to do.  Case in point?  Every Friday at 9:00 AM Audubon NC offers field trips to Mason’s Inlet.  These birding tours take you on a hike where you’ll discover the sights and sounds of our unique coastal birds.

Least Terns, Black Skimmers, American Oystercathers and Wilson’s Plovers nest here due to the Mason Inlet Waterbird Management Plan that was developed between New Hanover County, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to assure the protection of the critical nesting site.  The result of that plan was the creation of this 300-acre bird sanctuary which you can tour with Audubon bioligists to see all kinds of North Carolina waterbirds.

Skimmers at Masons Inlet
Skimmers at Mason’s Inlet Photo from Audubon NC

Registration is not necessary for these weekly tours, simply meet at the Mason Inlet Information kiosk located off the cul de sac near the Shell Island Resort.  About .1 mile south is a public parking lot (there is a fee required to park).  Bring binoculars if you have them, sunscreen, a hat and comfortable shoes for walking on the sandy beach and water.  For more information call 910.686.7527 or email awood@audubon.org.   What a wonderful way to jump start a Wilmington NC weekend!

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