bald head island
Greetings from Bald Head Island, North Carolina! Iâ€™m sitting on the porch of my parentsâ€™ beach house watching the waves break just over the dune ridge. Itâ€™s sunny, thereâ€™s a pleasant but insistent breeze, and a cicada chirps in a nearby tree.
Cory Wilson, expedition photographer, and I have been here for barely a day-and-a-half, and already thereâ€™s much to report. Iâ€™ll start from the beginning.
We arrive on the island at sunset after seven hours driving from DC. We are tired but relieved to find ourselves in a place where the only modes of transport are golf carts and one-speed bicycles and the main activities of the island include climbing the stone lighthouse known as â€śOld Baldy.â€ť
After a brief stop at my favorite turtle pond to look for one of the island's gators, there's no more dallying. Weâ€™re on a mission â€“ take us to the sea turtles, we tell our host, the Bald Head Island Conservancyâ€™s (BHIC) head naturalist, Maureen Dewire. She directs us to loggerhead nest #89, which she thinks is â€śgonna goâ€ť tonight. â€śWhat time?â€ť I ask. â€śAny time between sunset and sunrise,â€ť she says. Oh. Why was I thinking there was a convenient window between 8 and 10 pm when they always come out? Wishful thinking.