Environmental Studies students from an ornithology class (ES 480) traveled to the coast of North Carolina from November 18 through 20 to see how many species of birds they could locate and identify. Bird species were identified along the drive to and from the coast, in coastal marshes, maritime forests, sand dunes, and along the shoreline.
Specifically, birds were observed at Fort Fisher, Carolina Beach State Park, and along the shoreline of Wrightsville Beach. In all, 50 bird species were identified on the trip! Some of the favorites included American Oystercatchers, White Ibises, a Northern Harrier Hawk, Horned Grebe, and Brown Pelicans (which have recovered from the brink of extinction).