Photo by Sam Bland

A Bird’s Eye View of North Carolina’s Coast

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH Walker Golder, Audubon North Carolina’s deputy director, will headline the  N.C. Coastal Federation’s Coastal Speaker Series on Wednesday, May 13,  at 7 p.m. at its office, the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center.


A great blue heron. Photo: Sam Bland

Golder, an expert wildlife photographer and fishing guide, will share some of his best coastal photography and experiences along North Carolina’s coast. As director of Coasts and Marshes for Audubon’s state chapter, he oversees 20 coastal island sanctuaries that protect breeding pelicans, herons, egrets, ibises, gulls, terns and black skimmers. In 2013, he received the National Audubon Society’s Charles H. Callison Award for his efforts to safeguard the piping plover on Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

The public is invited to Golder’s presentation, and guests can find more information and register at the Coastal Education Center, 309 W. Salisbury St. in the Historic Square at Wrightsville Beach or online. The event is free for federation members. A minimum donation of $10 is requested of nonmembers. Donations can made on the night of the event or in advance. Donations include one raffle ticket for the chance to win a six-month federation membership.

The federation on May 3 opened the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center with the goal of providing coastal education programs to the public. The speaker series will run from May to November and will feature a variety of experts bringing to life their coastal experiences, passions and pursuit.

Additional programs that will be offered at the education center this summer include:

  • A Coastal Adventures series that features special guests who will provide hands-on, engaging opportunities to learn about the coast, critters and hands-on instruction with simple “do-it-yourself” coastal restoration and water quality protection projects.
  • Touch Tank Tuesdays, which involve an interactive education session for all ages with coastal critters from nearby tidal creeks and salt marsh habitats.
  • A variety of special events with local artists, writers and coastal experts.

You can find out more about these programs on the federation’s Events Calendar on the group’s web site. You can also come by the center, call 910-509-2838 or drop us an email.