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Discover Bald Head Island's Diverse Ecosystems

The Bald Head Island Conservancy is involved in more environmental research than ever before, furthering our exploration of the Smith Island Complex and the ecosystems that it houses through surveys and field work.

Learn from our Science & Research

The Bald Head Island Conservancy aims to provide cross generational environmental education through our extensive programs, internships and research BHIC scientists and collaborators focus on barrier island sustainability science and conservation biology.

Conserve with Sea Turtle Protection

We patrol the beaches of Bald Head Island nightly collecting data and identifying nesting female sea turtles, as well as monitoring and protecting their nests and hatchlings.

Save the Date Coastal Sustainability Symposium

Johnston Center for Coastal Sustainability's second Annual Coastal Sustainability Symposium will take place on April 4, 2023.
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Welcome to Bald Head Island Conservancy

Discover, Learn, Conserve, Preserve

The Bald Head Island Conservancy champions the sustainability of barrier islands through environmental research programs and island wildlife stewardship.

Nestled between the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean, the Bald Head Island Conservancy sponsors and facilitates scientific research that benefits coastal communities and provides numerous recreational and educational activities to the public. In collaboration with various organizations, the Conservancy is uniquely poised to become a national leader in barrier island conservation.

About the Bald Head Island Conservancy

2022 Sea Turtle Protection Program

The Bald Head Island Conservancy, our volunteers and scientists are dedicated to protecting Sea Turtles and their environment. We work with partners around the state, and world to protect habitats, conserve nesting beaches, engage the public in conservation efforts, educate children about the importance of marine life.

With your continued support the research and scientists at the Bald Head Island Conservancy are able to better understand how Sea Turtles are responding to environmental changes and we use this information to inform and support conservation efforts around the world.

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Explore Bald Head Island Conservancy

Upcoming Tours & Explorations

There is much to do throughout the island—come explore and learn with us! We have a variety of different conservation activities to suit all ages and interests.

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Visitor Experiences

During our vacation, we did a nature walk event with the conservancy. Elle and Emily (our guides) were fantastic. Their knowledge of the island's history, topography and animals was extensive. They also practiced appropriate social distancing measures. It was a delight for the whole family!

Jennifer, BHI Conservancy Visitor

An amazing place on the island, teaching us about local reptiles. With the ability to touch and feed some of the indigenous creatures.

Tammy L., BHI Conservancy Visitor

Lot of great nature classes for kids and you can sign up for a nighttime opportunity to see a turtle lay her eggs, or see baby turtles crawl to the sea just after hatching.

Martin D., BHI Conservancy Visiitor

Very serene and calm place to meditate. A nice walk in the morning with beautiful vistas and places to sit an soak in the marsh land. Also a great place at dusk with a new set of colors. The board walk makes it easy for people who have walking challenges.

Jon Z., BHI Conservancy Visitor

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