Ibis at Walden Creek

Ibis at Walden Creek

White Ibis at Walden Creek, a tidal creek on the west side of the Cape Fear River.   A large portion of the nation’s White Ibis population gathers at the islands in the Cape Fear River each May. The marshland around Walden Creek and the Cape Fear River islands are the home of the largest population of ground-nesting colonial waterbirds in North Carolina.  Birds found here include the gull-billed tern, snowy egret, tricolored heron, black skimmer, and brown pelican.

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Southport

Southport

The old yacht basin at Southport on the Cape Fear River has long been home to fishing vessels and pleasure craft.

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Turtles Going to Sea

Turtles Going to Sea

Several species of sea turtles, some endangered, use the beaches of the Cape Fear for nesting.  A diligent group of citizens protect the nests from predators until the young turtles emerge and reach the sea.

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Fort Caswell

Fort Caswell

Fort Caswell, on the western side of the mouth of the Cape Fear River, was built in the 1830′s. During the Civil War Confederate forces used the fort to defend the North Carolina coast and provide cover for blockade runners.  Fort Caswell later became a training ground for World Wat I soldiers and a communications base in World War II. In 1946 the Baptist State Convention bought the property from the Federal government, and now uses it for retreats, conferences, and meetings.  A large auditorium serves the surrounding...

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Friends

Friends

Some of the inhabitants of one of the many tidal creeks in the Cape Fear River estuary.

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Resident of Bald Head

Resident of Bald Head

Bald Head Island is the tip of the Cape Fear.  The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program lists Bald Head Island as a priority site of national significance, and the US Department of Interior has registered the Smith Island complex, of which Bald Head Island is the major part, as a National Natural Landmark.

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