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Bird Island Nature Walks
40th Street Walkway
Sunset Beach, NC

(843) 446-3694

With more than 1,200 acres of beautiful salt marsh and tidal creeks, the Bird Island is the last undeveloped barrier island in Brunswick County, NC and is one of 10 sites that make up the North Carolina Coastal Reserve & National Estuarine Research Reserve. Preservation allows this coastal ecosystem to be used as an outdoor laboratory. Here scientists, students and the public can learn about all that sustains the coastal area. Visitors are invited to enjoy the sanctuary as well. The island includes about 135 acres of high ground and is home to a wide variety of animals and plants. It is also a nesting habitat for sea turtles and water birds. The ‘Kindred Spirit’ mailbox, located in the dunes near the western end of the island, provides a quiet retreat to appreciate the beauty of the area and share thoughts with future visitors. Volunteer Bird Island Stewards provide information as they lead weekly educational walks to Bird Island every Wednesday, June through August, starting at 8:30 AM. You can meet them on the beach at the 40th Street walkover. Be sure to bring water and sun protection. The walk takes about two and a half hours.


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