Cape Lookout National Seashore has added three more dates to its popular Horse Sense and Survival Tours 2022 schedule.
During the tour, seashore’s wildlife biologist, Dr. Sue Stuska, explains the relationships, behavior, and survival of these wild animals as well as helps visitors understand how to determine an appropriate position and distance for watching that doesn’t affect the horses’ natural behaviors.
The last three dates for 2022 are Sept. 24 and Oct. 8, both departing from Harkers Island for the east end of Shackleford Banks, and Nov. 19, leaving Beaufort for the west end of Shackleford Banks.
Space on the tours is limited and reservations are required. The program is free though the ferry is $22 for adults & $15 for ages 11 and under. For reservations and to ask individual questions, call the park at 252-728-2250, ext. 0.
For the Sept. 24 tour, registrants are to meet at 9:15 a.m. at the seashore’s visitor center on Harkers Island. The ferry leaves at 9:45 a.m. and will return around 1:30 p.m.
Participants will ride the ferry from the Harkers Island Visitor Center and arrive on the soundside shore of east Shackleford Banks, where they will 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, slogging through ankle-deep mud, and wading through deeper salt water.
Organizers require participants wear shoes that protect their feet and stay on in the mud and strongly recommend bringing water, snacks, bug repellent, sunscreen, sun hat, binoculars, and camera with a telephoto lens in a daypack or shoulder bag.
For more information, including meeting places, times, and ferry costs, see http://go.nps.gov/horsewatch.