Being good stewards of our natural resources Pender County Tourism joined forces with the Topsail Island Shoreline Protection Commission and the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss a trashy problem – plastics, glass, trash, and marine debris on our beaches, in our waterways, and on our beaches. We have a problem, and you can help us. We are asking visitors and locals alike to think twice...

Sea Turtle Hospital News After only a few short months in rehab our first group of cold-stuns, aka the “Twelve Days of Christmas Plus One” have been reduced to the “Five Days of Christmas.” Eight little Kemp’s were settled securely into tubs and hit the road for the US Coast Guard Station at Fort Macon where they had tickets for a ride to turtle-comfy waters. Joining them on the trip...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Looks like January has finally decided to give us January weather and the cold-stunned turtles that come along with it. We continue to admit new patients and that means moving them through a series of hospital locations as they progress on their rehab journey. By the time a cold-stun reaches their “just waiting for a ride” tank in Sea Turtle Bay they’ve seen quite a bit of...

THE HOSPITAL IS NOW CLOSED FOR TOURS. The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center is currently closed for public tours until spring of 2022. Winter is a busy season for the volunteers at the sea turtle hospital – it's cold stun season. It’s the time of year when the staff puts in the really long days, coming in and leaving in the dark. However, the hospital's online gift...

Cold stun season is officially here. Yes, officially, with the arrival of seven new patients at the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center. Please be our extra eyes for spotting any turtle in distress. The smaller ones are especially vulnerable as they have less fat to protect them and not a lot of experience with cold snaps. Don’t assume a turtle is beyond help because it can’t move. They...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’re immensely proud that our work at the hospital is done literally with the blood (turtles are good a swinging that flipper around,) sweat (the building is kept at turtle comfy temps and the days can be long) and tears (mostly happy, like at the releases, some not so happy) of our volunteers. But we’re also fortunate that we have so many volunteer-staffed local organizations that...

Get decked out for the 2021 Greater Topsail Christmas Flotilla, Nauti or Nice TOPSAIL ISLAND - The Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce is accepting boat entry applications to the Dec. 11, Greater Topsail Christmas Flotilla. “The chamber is already in the spirit of the holidays as we plan another successful flotilla event,” said Tammie Parris, chairman of the Greater Topsail Area Chamber of Commerce...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’re immensely proud that our work at the hospital is done literally with the blood (turtles are good a swinging those flipper around,) sweat (the building is kept at turtle comfy temps and the days can be long) and tears (mostly happy, like at the releases, some not so happy) of our volunteers. But we’re also fortunate that we have so many volunteer-staffed local organizations that...

For two evenings aberrations from Pender’s past emerged from the Historic Burgaw Cemetery to entertain and spook visitors at the annual Ghost Walk. “This year’s Ghost Walk: Ghosts from Pender’s Past was another howling success,” said Tammy Proctor, Pender County tourism director. Stephanie Key, the artistic director of the annual event, gathered actors from the community and volunteers...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Our work at the hospital has been pretty light almost since the beginning of September. We released every turtle that had been pronounced healthy, and almost no turtles have been admitted. If a patient did come in they were given a physical exam and if there were no issues they headed back home after enjoying a few complimentary meals during their short stay. We were deluded into believing that...

TOPSAIL BEACH – For the 32nd year, art and music lovers will gather in Topsail Beach, North Carolina at the Autumn with Topsail (AWT) Festival. The festival takes place, rain or shine, Oct.15 from 5 – 8:30p.m., Oct. 16 from 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m., and Oct. 17 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. on the grounds of the Historic Assembly Building, 720 Channel Blvd. Proceeds from the festival support the Historical Society...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Every year right after Labor Day Dr. Harms brings his residents and fourth-year vet students to our hospital for some hands-on work with our patients. It’s something his students look forward to, maybe not so much our turtles. But in the end, many of them get to go home so a few days of having every scute and scale and flipper and sometimes their “interior” examined is worth...

Yes, Pender County has beautiful beaches. Yes, it's fun to build sandcastles and swim in the surf, but there is so much more to discover in the great outdoors of Pender County. During every season of the year, there are adventures to discover. Let’s start with an adventure – a marine adventure for the entire family. Ecological Marine Adventures offers groups of all ages an opportunity to learn about...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Nesting season officially ended on Aug. 31 with a big green mama turtle getting in just under the wire. With a typical incubation period of around 60 days, that means our beach volunteers will be sitting at her nest waiting for her babies around Halloween, or later. Even though your chances of seeing a mama nesting are pretty much gone there is another component of the circle of life that’s...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Our patients continue to make amazing recoveries and a few weeks ago we were able to send three of them home. And if you were lucky enough to be in town you got to see them as they made their final “walk” down the runway and into Mother Ocean. Maverick, a much-loved Kemp’s ridley finally completed his four-year rehab. Originally admitted as a cold stun he suffered one setback...

TURTLE HOSPITAL TOUR SCHEDULE CHANGING Beginning September 8th through October will we be open four days a week, Wednesdays through Saturdays from Noon – 4 PM. The admission process remains the same; you must schedule and purchase your tickets in advance for a specific day and time through our website, www.seaturtlehospital.org. And we still require masks to be worn inside the building for everyone five years...

Pender County is the backdrop of many productions Raleigh, N.C. – Filmmakers producing projects in North Carolina are on track to invest a record amount of money in the state in 2021, Governor Roy Cooper announced earlier today during a press conference at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington. The spending amount of $409 million is the largest tally seen in the state since the creation of the North Carolina...

Sea Turtle Hospital News We’ve had a very busy summer welcoming visitors to our hospital, and we’ll continue to have public tours through the next several months. But Covid caused us to totally rethink the process: what’s the best way to make sure you have a chance to see our turtles while keeping you and our staff safe? For those of you who have visited us in pre-Covid years, or if you’re coming...

Turtle Moms and turtle babies share the beach Although our turtle mamas are still technically “on the clock” with the official nesting season continuing through August it’s their babies that are moving into the spotlight. We’re hoping that our nest count keeps climbing to that hundred mark, but now with the impending pitter patter of tiny flippers on Topsail it’s time for a quick review...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Our nesting mamas continue to come ashore under the cover of darkness. But when our patients are ready to head in the opposite direction it’s in the daylight, on an outgoing tide. Last week two Kemp’s, “Njord” and “Shamrock” along with one of the few “spice girls” still in rehab, little green “Cumin” went home. Both Kemp’s had...

Acclaimed author of Topsail Island, Mayberry by the Sea, coming to Missiles and More Museum July 22, 1-3 p.m. TOPSAIL BEACH – The Historical Society of Topsail Island and the Missiles and More Museum will welcome Ray McAllister, author of Topsail Island, Mayberry by the Sea, in an event sponsored by Pender County Tourism. Accompanying McAllister on the book signing adventure is his daughter, Lindsay Zarse, a...

PENDER COUNTY – Tropical Storm Elsa will impact the Pender County region tomorrow and into Thursday evening, according to the latest forecast from the National Weather Service. “On its current track Tropical Storm Elsa has the potential to produce heavy rainfall, flooding, isolated tornadoes, and dangerous rip currents as early as Wednesday night through Thursday evening,” said Tommy Batson, Pender...

Sea Turtle Hospital News Unless you’ve literally retreated into your shell you know by now that our founder, Jean Beasley has officially retired after decades of devotion to our precious sea turtles. On June 12 several hundred hospital volunteers, beach program directors, family, friends and various dignitaries assembled under a huge tent on our hospital lawn to celebrate her “release.” Maybe it wasn’t...

African American Heritage Trail launched on Juneteenth Day BURGAW – A driving tour of the Pender County African American Heritage Trail was launched today. The trail encompasses all of Pender County and includes highlights such as Canetuck Community Center, a restored Rosenwald school, the community of Edgecombe’s Manhollow Missionary Baptist Church and Sloop Point School, Poplar Grove Plantation, which...