Southport NatureFest 2018
To increase awareness and appreciation of the diverse nature present in Brunswick County, Southport NatureFest is scheduled for April 28, 2018. The event will begin at 7:30 a.m. with kayaking on Cottage Creek. The final lecture begins at 3 p.m. with the presentation by Cape Fear River keeper Kemp Burdette.
The primary locations for NatureFest activities will be Franklin Square Park and the Southport Baptist Church CMC, conveniently located within downtown Southport. Nature excursions beyond downtown Southport include bird boat tours, a guided tour of the Green Swamp Preserve, and kayaking on Cottage Creek.
Schedule of Events:
- 7:30 a.m. – Kayaking on Cottage Creek with The Adventure Kayak Company. Pre-registration and $49 fee required. Please call 910-454-0607.
- 8:00 a.m. – Bird Walk in downtown Southport. Start at Wild Bird and Garden Store, 105 E. Brown St. (1 hr.) Pre-registration is required. Please call 910-547-9453.
- 8:30 a.m. – Bus trip to Green Swamp Preserve with Dr. Roger Shew as tour guide, departs from 209 N. Atlantic Ave. (2.5 – 3 hrs.) This is the third year Roger Shew will be providing an educational tour of the Green Swamp. Roger is an expert on Longleaf Pine ecosystems and a passionate educator. Pre-registration and $10 fee required. Please call 904-290-6802.
- 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Plant Sale, Franklin Square Park. Beautify your personal landscape with plants sold by the Southport Garden Club. At the park, there will be the opportunity to learn about pollinators.
- The benefits of bats – Bald Head Island Conservancy
- Honeybees and beekeeping – UNCW Beekeepers Association
- How to support pollinators and other wildlife with plants – Brunswick County Master Gardeners Association.
- 10:00 a.m. – Birding Boat Tours sponsored by Southport Boat Rentals. Small passenger boats depart from the Yacht Basin with guides providing bird identification and information. (45 mins. – 1hr.) Pre-registration and $35 fee required. Please call 904-290-6802.
Before the afternoon presentations, we invite participants to visit Southport’s coffee venues and restaurants.
- 1:30 p.m. – Documentary movie showing at Southport Baptist Church CMC, 102 E. Nash Street. (45 mins.)
- Flight of the Butterflies – It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies’ secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico. The movie is 45 minutes in length and is suitable for all ages. Free.
- 3:00 p.m. – Lecture presentation by Cape Fear Riverkeeper, Kemp Burdette, at the Southport Baptist Church CMC, E. Nash Street. (1.5 – 2 hrs.)
- The Cape Fear River, its Beauty and its Challenges – The Cape Fear is North Carolina’s largest river basin and nearly one-third of the state’s population lives within the watershed. The ecological diversity of the Cape Fear watershed is astounding, from the salt marshes at the mouth to the blackwater swamps, and ancient cypress trees. The beauty of the river is awe-inspiring, and at times underappreciated. Cape Fear Riverkeeper, Kemp Burdette has been the Cape Fear’s prominent spokesperson on the topics of coal ash retention ponds, confined animal farming operations, concrete industry siting, and most recently GenX. Free.
Plan to spend the day in Southport and enjoy what nature has to offer. Come to one event or all, it’s your choice. For up to date information, visit the Southport NatureFest Facebook page, www.facebook.com/southportnaturefest/ or www.cityofsouthport.com.