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Federation to Host Spring Birding Cruises

SWANSBORO – Spring birding cruises through the estuaries of the White Oak River and Bogue Sound are being offered April 15, May 20 and June 10.

All from 10 a.m. to noon, the North Carolina Coastal Federation is hosting the cruises, which will be led by area birding expert and federation board member, JoAnne Powell.

During the two-hour cruises aboard a covered ferry boat, participants will identify resident and migratory shorebirds, warblers, raptors and waterfowl.  In addition to birds, the cruise offers views of marshes, Bogue Inlet and Bear Island and possibly dolphins and other wildlife.

Participants will meet at the Hammocks Beach State Park Visitor Center in Swansboro at 9:45 a.m. and are asked to bring their own binoculars, as well as water and a snack and to dress appropriately for the weather.

“The birding cruises are always a very popular program, and Hammocks Beach State Park offers such spectacular views of local birds and wildlife,” Rachel Bisesi, coastal education coordinator for the federation, said in a statement. “JoAnne Powell does a fabulous job teaching the group about the sights they see and her commitment to teach others about our beautiful coast has been a positive reflection on the federation and the work that we do.”

The fee is $20 for federation members and $25 for nonmembers. All ages are welcome, but the program is geared toward adults and older children.

Visit nccoast.org/events to register, or contact Sam Bland at 252-393-8185 for more information.

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