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Contact: B.G. Horvat, 252-728-2250 ext. 8906
HARKERS ISLAND, NC – Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce the 2018 opportunities to join the Horse Sense and Survival tours with Wildlife Resources Ranger, Dr. Sue Stuska. The first trip will take place on Saturday, June 23 out of the Beaufort Visitor Information Center at 8:15 a.m. Participants will return to the Town docks at Noon.
Dr. Sue’s intimate knowledge of the horses makes for an exciting and enlightening glimpse into the relationships, behavior, and survival of these wild animals. Participants will gain an appreciation of all that can be gleaned while watching from a distance. They will understand how to determine an appropriate position and distance for watching that doesn’t affect the horses’ natural behaviors.
“This is an excellent opportunity for visitors to see and learn about the wild horses,” said Superintendent Jeff West. “The Shackleford horses are a unique aspect of what makes Cape Lookout National Seashore a special place.”
Participants will ride the ferry from Beaufort and walk a moderate-level trek off the beaten path to find horses and settle down to watch them. Come prepared for a day in the sun, climbing dunes, walking through brush and navigating in deep sand.
Make the most of your excursion by coming prepared. Shoes that protect your feet and stay on in the mud are required. It is strongly recommended to bring water, lunch/snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, sun hat, binoculars, and camera with a telephoto lens in a daypack or shoulder bag.
Space on the tours is limited and reservations are required. The program is free; the ferry is $17 for adults & $10 for children (11 and under).
For reservations and to ask individual questions, call the park at 252-728-2250, ext. 0. For more information, including meeting places, times, and ferry costs, see http://go.nps.gov/horsewatch
Additional Horse Sense and Survival Tours for 2018:
- Saturday, July 21, Departing Harkers Island for the East End of Shackleford Banks. Meets at 8:00 a.m. (Return by 12:30 p.m.).
- Wednesday, August 22, Departing Harkers Island for the East End of Shackleford Banks. Meets at 8:00 a.m. (Return by 12:30 p.m.).
- Saturday, September 22, Departing Harkers Island for the East End of Shackleford Banks. Meets at 8:00 a.m. (Return by 12:30 p.m.).
- Saturday, October 6, Departing Harkers Island for the East End of Shackleford Banks. Meets at 9:00 a.m. (Return by 1:00 p.m.).
- Saturday, November 17, Departing Beaufort Information Center for the West End of Shackleford Banks. Meets at 8:45 a.m. (Returns by 1:00 p.m.).
Note: Those interested in the trip from Harkers Island will likely include slogging through ankle-deep mud and deeper salt water.