About the Conservancy

Who We Are

Our Mission

We Discover, Learn, Conserve, and Preserve

The Bald Head Island Conservancy (BHIC) is a non-profit organization founded in 1983 that exists to discover, learn, conserve, and preserve. 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.

Under the Internal Revenue Code, as a section 501(c)(3) organization, The Conservancy is prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elected public office.


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.

BHIC scientists and collaborators focus on barrier island sustainability science and conservation biology.

BHI Conservancy Annual Reports

The Bald Head Island Conservancy’s Annual Report is published at the end of every calendar year. It contains the year’s financials, volunteer overview, and an update from the Executive Director.

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