Each month the Coastal Carolina Camera Club Schedules a Field Trip intended to provide an opportunity visit other locations for your photographic experiences. These field trips are normally one day trips to local sites. Once in a while a field trip will be scheduled to a location that requires an overnight stay.
APRIL 29 Field Trip
The Following is the information for Bald Head Island, April 29, 2020. Please let Marsha Kerchner firstname.lastname@example.org
(do not respond to this email, she won't get it) know if you are interested. There is a limit, first come first serve. Send checks to Al Biasotti, 6082 Sullivan Ridge, Southport, N.C., 28461 by April 20th or bring to Club Meeting. NO CASH!
Bald Head Island Birding Tour - Coastal Carolina Camera Club Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Join Conservancy Education Staff on a guided tour of the best birding spots on breathtaking Bald Head Island! Bald Head Island has been designated an “Important Bird Area” by Audubon due to the incredible diversity of birds that can be found here, including ibis,
painted bunting, egrets, herons, and shorebirds. Come on this guided tour as we search for many different species of birds among various island ecosystems, including BHI’s pristine beach, maritime forest, and salt marsh. Great photographic opportunities!
Afterwards, explore Bald Head Island at your own pace and visit restaurants, shops, the Old Chapel, the remains of Ft. Holmes, or the Old Baldy Lighthouse and Museum, all within walking distance of the Marina. Your return ferry ticket may be used for any ferry, so stay on Bald Head Island as long as you like! Ferries leave BHI on the half hour (10:30AM, 12:30 PM, 1:30 PM, etc.-NO 11:30 AM ferry). Last ferry leaves BHI at 11:30PM. Ferry Schedule available at:
$45.00 per person-includes cost of ferry tickets to/from BHI, tour/guides, and golf cart tour transportation. Please make checks out to “Bald Head Island Conservancy”. NOTE-Photo tour limited to first 16 persons to sign up due to limited availability of transportation and good birding sites at some ecosystems
7:15 AM- Arrive at Deep Point Marina Ferry in Southport, North Carolina. Parking fee is$9.00/day (paid when departing parking lot). Allow time to walk to ferry terminal.
7:40 AM- Meet BHI Conservancy staff near ferry ticket window (will be wearing staffshirt) who will provide you with your ferry tickets. You will receive two tickets, one for ferry to island and one for ferry back. Keep your return ticket in a safe place – if you lose your ticket, you will have to purchase a new one.
8:00 AM- Board the ferry to Bald Head Island. Keep your camera ready for “photos of opportunity” as you ferry to BHI.
8:30 AM- Arrive at the BHI Marina and take Tram to the Conservancy with BHI Conservancy staff member. Reservations have been made for the group.
8:45 AM- Arrive at the BHI Conservancy campus. Restroom break, fill water bottles, etc.
9:00 AM- BHI Birding tour begins. BHI Conservancy will provide golf cart transportation to photo sites around the island.
11:00 AM- Birding tour ends. Tour guides can drop group back off at Marina. Alternatively, those wishing to come back to Conservancy to explore and visit gift shop, etc. can return with staff.*
*Anyone coming to Conservancy will be responsible for scheduling their own tram transportation in advance back to the Bald Head Island Ferry Terminal. Call (910) 457-5003 to schedule pick-up time, 2-hrs in advance of planned ferry departure time.
After Tour, time to explore on your own – Club members may wish to get together at Delphina Cantina Restaurant for lunch - Notify Marsha if you would like to go, and if you will be staying for lunch—Time TBD.
Items to Bring
Water, Bug Spray, Sunscreen, Comfortable Shoes
Other Attractions near Marina
Old Baldy Lighthouse: Open 10:00 am – 4:00pm, $8.00 Admission (910) 457-7481
BHI Chapel (http://www.villagechapelofbaldheadisland.org/)-walking distance from Marina, near Old Baldy
Ft. Holmes Historical Plaque (Civil War Fort)- walking distance from Marina, along short walking trail between Old Baldy and BHI Chapel
NC17 to NC 211, if going North on NC17 you will take a right on NC 211, if going South make a left on NC 211 to Southport. In Southport, turn Left at the traffic light onto East Moore Street. Follow E. Moore Street to round-about and take Right exit onto Ferry Road to Deep Point Marina/Bald Head Island ferry terminal. Enter Deep Point Marina parking (Big sign on right, about ½ mile from round-about.) Follow signs to visitor’s lot. Allow time to walk to terminal.
May Field Trip
The May Field Trip will be to the Sylvan Lakes Iris Gardens. More information on this field trip will be provided at a later date.