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White Oak River Birding Cruises Scheduled

Updated 11 a.m. Oct. 16 with new meeting location.

SWANSBORO — Cruise the White Oak River with area birding expert JoAnne Powell.

Birding cruises will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 21, which is sold out, and Nov. 18 leaving from downtown Swansboro. The cruises were meeting at Hammocks Beach State Park but due to Hurricane Florence damage, the park currently is closed. The first cruise was held  Sept. 16.

Fee for the cruises, hosted by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is $20 for federation members and $25 for nonmembers.

Up to 32 birdwatchers will board a covered ferryboat at the state park’s visitor center and slowly cruise the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Huggins and Bear islands, looking for resident and migratory birds.

The program is geared toward adults but all ages are welcome to join. Organizers recommend that participants bring binoculars, water and a snack and to dress appropriately for the weather.

Registration is required and is nonrefundable. Cruises are held rain or shine. If the cruise is canceled due to severe weather, registration may be transferred to another scheduled event or fees refunded.

Contact Rachel Bisesi, education coordinator, at 252-393-8185 or rachelb@nccoast.org for more information.

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