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Contact: B.G. Horvat, 252-728-2250, ext. 3014
HARKERS ISLAND, NC –Cape Lookout National Seashore is pleased to announce that the first Horse Sense and Survival trip of 2015 will leave from the Beaufort Visitor Information Center on Saturday, June 27 at 8:45 a.m.
The tours are led by Cape Lookout National Seashore Wildlife Biologist Sue Stuska. Dr. Stuska'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 a great opportunity for visitors to see and learn about the wild horses," said Superintendent Patrick Kenney. "The Shackleford horses are an important part of what makes Cape Lookout National Seashore a special place."
Join Dr. Stuska for a ferry ride from Beaufort or Harkers Island and a moderate-level walking trip to find horses and settle down to watch them. Come prepared for a day in the sun and for walking through dunes and brush in deep sand. Trips from Harkers Island are likely to include slogging through ankle-deep mud and deeper salt water. Shoes which protect your feet and stay on in the mud are required, as are water, lunch/snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, sun hat, binoculars, and camera with a telephoto lens in a daypack or shoulder bag.
The National Park Service will offer seven trips throughout the year. Trips will be Saturday June 27; Saturday, July 11; Saturday, September 12; Saturday, October 10; Sunday, October 25; Thursday, November 19, and Sunday, November 22. Spaces on the tours are limited and reservations are required. The only charge is the ferry fee: $15 for adults & $8 for children (11 and under).
For more information, including meeting places, times, and ferry costs, see http://go.nps.g/pxqou7.
For reservations and to ask individual questions, call the park at 252-728-2250, ext. 3001.