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Volunteer Opportunity: Posting Lea-Hutaff Island!

March 12, 2020


It’s that time of year where we organize the posting of Lea-Hutaff Island in order to protect the hundreds of birds that nest there. This year’s date will be March 21 from 8:30 am to no later than 3:00 pm. Our rain date is March 22. Though we will only go out on one day, please sign up for both dates if you’re available because we never know if we’ll need to use the rain date!


This is a great opportunity to see the island, which is unbridged and undeveloped. And, if you’ve ever really wanted to make a difference in Audubon NC’s work for birds, this is also one of our most important volunteer activities. We put up four main postings that protect as many as 1,200 nesting pairs of birds, so we need as many people as possible to help out! Activities will include carrying signs, digging post holes, and putting up string and flagging.


To sign up, read ALL the information below and RSVP to Lindsay Addison (laddison@audubon.org / 239-784-2251) so we can be sure to have enough boat space planned for everyone.


Feel free to contact Lindsay with any questions and feel free to share this opportunity with anyone you think might like to help!




Event: Posting Lea-Hutaff Island to protect nesting birds. We’ll dig post holes, put up signs, and string twine between them. We’ll meet March 21 (or 22 in case of rain) at 8:30 am and be back no later than 3:00 pm.


Bring: Water and snacks, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, gloves. If you have a beloved post-hole digger or a pocket knife, you’re welcome to bring those too. We’ll provide all tools, but sometimes it helps to have extra.


Wear: Warm layers because it can be chilly in the morning and it’s always cooler on the water than on land, sturdy shoes (no flip-flops) that can get wet, clothes that can get dirty. We’ll probably be able to keep your feet dry as we get on and off the boat, but sometimes we can’t, so I always ask folks to be prepared.


Expect: Access to the island is by outboard motorboat only, so plan on a 15-30 minute boat ride to and from the site. A significant amount of walking in sand—over a mile total. If you’re having trouble with your joints or back, or have any serious health issues, this is probably not the event for you. Also expect some lifting and carrying, which may be heavy or light, depending on your strength and ability. Finally, anticipate spending several hours on a beautiful undeveloped barrier island (no restroom facilities or concessions, but there will be extra snacks and water in case anyone runs out).


Directions: We will meet off of Bald Eagle Lane in Porter’s Neck. We will provide directions and facilitate carpooling with those who sign up. Meet-up location for carpooling will be the Harris Teeter at Oak Landing (8260 Market St.).


Lindsay's Cell: 239-784-2251


A Word About Covid19: Since we are living in interesting times, please keep these principles in mind as you consider volunteering and as we approach the posting date:


  1. Do not come if you are sick! Even if you have signed up, it is 100% okay to cancel. Just get in touch with me, and I’ll understand.

  2. Do not come if you have recently traveled from an area where the virus is being spread within the community or if you’ve had close interactions with someone who has.

  3. When we meet, please avoid shaking hands or hugging. We will be in open air all day, but standing and sitting close together while we are on the boat, so if you are not feeling comfortable with that right now, especially if you are in a higher-risk group, consider volunteering at another time.


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