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Horse Sense and Survival Tours Fall 2012

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Date: September 4, 2012
Contact: Wouter Ketel, 252-728-2250 ext. 3005

HARKERS ISLAND, NC - Cape Lookout National Seashore announces that the next wild horse watching tour is scheduled for September 15, 2012. Horse Sense and Survival trips are walking tours following the wild Banker horses of Shackleford Banks.

The tours are led by Dr. Sue Stuska, Wildlife Biologist specializing in horses with the National Park Service at Cape Lookout National Seashore. Dr. Stuska's intimate knowledge of the horses makes for an exciting and enlightening glimpse into the relationships, family bonds, behavior, and daily lives of these wild animals.

Join Dr. Stuska for a half-day (3-4 hour) walking trip to find horses and watch their behavior. Come prepared for a day in the sun and for walking through dunes in deep sand. Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes (to protect feet from cactus) that can get wet and muddy (and will stay on in the mud) are a must. Bring water, lunch/snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, a sun hat, binoculars, and camera with a telephoto lens in a daypack or shoulder bag.

Other tours are scheduled for the 2012 season on October 27 and November 17. Spaces on the tours are limited and reservations are required. Trips fill months in advance, however, a waiting list is kept. Wait-listed parties are often contacted shortly before the trip and offered spaces. The only charge is the ferry fee. Participants who arrive on their own boats pay no fee.

For reservations, meeting places, ferry costs, and other information on the trips, call 252-728-2250 ext. 3001.

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