Friday, May 23, 2014

Our Daily Ocean: Day 245

This year, my kids and I are volunteering for NC Audubon at the far southend of Wrightsville Beach. So whenever we can, we'll be spending our time helping educate beach goers about the nesting birds and why it's so important to not disturb their nesting area.  Since the beach isn't too busy (yet), it's been a great opportunity to get myself acquainted with the nesting birds... like these Black Skimmers. (seen through a scope).
So far, we've only volunteered a few times.... but I'm loving connecting with and learning more about one of the reasons "why" we do beach cleanups.  Wrightsville Beach is these birds' home.  They start a family here... let's keep it clean

While we were watching the Black Skimmers, we witnessed what's called a "mob".  When disturbed-- by people, dogs, or even an Osprey flying by-- all of the birds, including those nesting, fly in a mob to scare off the threat.  The birds are willing to sacrifice their nest for the good of the flock.  So, if you're heading to accesses 43/44 at Wrightsville Beach... please pay attention to the postings that protect the shore bird nesting area.  Also, it's worth noting that there is no cut-through to Access 44 from 43.  44 can only be accessed from the Jack Parker parking lot.

May 22, 2014 at Access 44
Litter by weight: 10.7 oz 
Cigarette butts: 10

Total cigarette butts removed: 57,888