July 17, 2012

Masonboro Island Reserve Hosts Educational Field Programs This Summer

WHAT: “Meet Me at Masonboro” Educational Field Programs
WHEN: 10 a.m. July 21, July 28 and Aug. 4
WHERE: Masonboro Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wilmington, N.C.

WILMINGTON – Learn about sea turtles, estuarine ecology, and the plants and animals of the Masonboro Island National Estuarine Research Reserve during three educational field programs led by reserve staff on Saturdays in July and August.

All sessions will begin at 10 a.m. and will last for one to one-and-a-half hours.

The scheduled field programs are:
  • July 21, Sea Turtles – Endangered sea turtles nest on Masonboro Island during the summer and use the nearby waters regularly. During this guided field trip, learn about their life history, nesting habits and conservation efforts.
  • July 28, Estuary Ecology – Estuaries are special places where dynamic forces are the norm. Learn about the tides, currents and winds that bring nearly constant change to the specially adapted habitats and organisms that call the estuary home.
  • August 4, Plants and Animals of the Reserve – Visit several distinct habitats during this field trip across the island from sound to sea. Learn about the unique organisms that live in and use each habitat in this hands-on exploration.
Programs will take place near the north end of the island. Participants should meet just below the north cove at “First Beach” on July 21 and July 28, and should meet just below the second cove at “Third Beach” on Aug. 4. Look for the white tent with the Coastal Reserve banner. Transportation to the island is not provided.

For more information or to register for a field trip, please contact site manager Hope Sutton at 910-962-2998 or suttonh@uncw.edu. Participants can also register at the N.C. Coastal Reserve’s website at www.nccoastalreserve.net.

The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Since its creation in 1989, the program has preserved more than 41,000 acres of unique coastal environments at 10 sites along the coast.

Masonboro Island (seen here) will be the setting for three educational field programs in July and August.
The N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve Program protects natural areas for education, research and compatible recreation. Seen here in the beach on Masonboro Island National Estuarine Research Reserve in Wilmington.
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