Bald Head Island Conservancy

About the Conservancy

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about Bald Head Island conservancy

Our Mission

We discover, learn, conserve, and preserve.

The Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983. The Conservancy is located in a unique area within the Smith Island Complex which includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

The 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.

The Conservancy is funded through donations, sponsorships, membership programs, gift shop operations, and much more.

About the Conservancy

Our Vision

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

  • We protect nesting sea turtles. We collect and analyze data on nesting trends to understand sea turtle nesting behavior and ecology.
  • We collect data about island environments and wildlife needed by the Village to support management decisions.
  • Bald Head Island Conservancy scientists and collaborators focus on barrier island sustainability science and conservation biology.
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What People Say
About Bald Head Island

We did a workshop for Girl Scouts that taught us about Sea Turtles and how to help protect them. The facility was nice and it was a great program. The kids had lots of fun. There are no cars on the island except for special permits, so they had a tram. to take us across to the Conservancy. It was a great day and fun experience!

Kristin B., Bald Head Island Visitor

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., Bald Head Island Visitor

A great place for everyone to come and learn about the island. Known for their Turtle Conservation program they do so much more. Many programs for everyone. Gift shop, education, activities and more.

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