Walk to Bird Island this Saturday

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If you’ve ever wanted to or never have walked to Bird Island, this coming Saturday just might be the day.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is featuring a guided walk on the Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach.

Visitors interested in the guided walk will first meet at 11 a.m. in the lecture hall of the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach to watch a short presentation by Jim Barber, who will talk about Bird Island’s history and natural resources.

Visitors will then carpool to Sunset Beach where several Bird Island stewards will take them on a guided walk of the island highlighting the various elements of the reserve that make it such a unique place to enjoy.

This event coincides with National Take A Child Outside Week (Sept. 24-30). It’s a great opportunity to bring a child outside for a fun, educational excursion.

Barber is a full-time resident of Sunset Beach and a coordinator of the Bird Island stewards. He serves on the boards of the Bird Island Preservation Society and the North Carolina Coastal Management Division’s Local Advisory Board. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Colgate University.

His wife, Linda, is also a steward and is active with the Sunset Beach Sea Turtle Patrol.

Bird Island is an undeveloped barrier island between the town of Sunset Beach and the Little River Inlet in South Carolina. The reserve site encompasses 1,481 acres.

Museum admission for non-members is $8 for ages 13-61, $7 for seniors ages 62 and older, $6 for ages 3-12 and free for ages 2 and younger.

Admission is free for museum and dual museum/planetarium members.

For more information, call (910) 579-1016 or go to www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

In case of inclement weather, an indoor program about Bird Island is planned.