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Sept. 15 was a beautiful day for a marsh walk. Ten people joined Museum of Coastal Carolina educator Ed Ovsenik for a guided walk along an Ocean Isle Beach marsh.
Ovsenik, who has a background in biology and botany, talked about the geological history of the marsh, the ecological effect of hurricanes, the recent rise in East Coast sea levels, the history of Ocean Isle Beach canals, and the effects of salinity on marshlands. He also spoke about the value of our wetlands. In addition to their aesthetic appeal, he described them as “nurseries” that provide food and shelter for many different species.
Sept. 29: At 11 a.m., museum educator Allison Smith will take you on a guided beach walk along Ocean Isle Beach.
Oct. 6: At 11 a.m.,
Allison Smith will reveal the secret life of plankton. Plankton is the main food source for many species of whales. Stop by the museum that day to see the large inflated right whale that will be visiting the museum’s parking lot.
Oct. 13: Local bird enthusiast Kurt Hugelmeyer will take you on a guided bird walk. This is migration season for many species, so expect to see many kinds of birds.
Ovsenik will also present a trilogy of programs about North Carolina’s Green Swamp, all beginning at
11 a.m. The Nov. 10 program will focus on geology and geography; the
Dec. 8 program will focus on plants and animals; and the Dec. 29 program will focus on indigenous people of the Green Swamp.
Dec. 22: At 11 a.m.,
Allison Smith will host her popular Megabites program about sharks. After the program, attendees can dig for shark teeth in the museum’s fossil pit and learn how to identify which species the teeth came from.
Visit the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 East Second St. on Ocean Isle Beach. Admission to the museum and its programs is free for museum members.
Non-member all-day admission, including admission to the programs described above, is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students, $4 for children ages 3-4, and free for ages 2 and younger. For more information, call 579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.
In case of inclement weather, indoor programs will replace outdoor-guided walks.