Bulls Island Hike approximately 5 miles round-trip, up to 6 hours; 5 uneven, unpaved surfaces.
B & B breakfast.
We will transfer from the B & B to Sewee Environmental Education Center for a presentation by the staff followed by an overview of our field trip. We’ll then shuttle a short distance to Garris Landing and board the Bulls island Ferry. The ferry ride will take us through the salt marsh estuary on our way out to the barrier island chain, destination Bulls Island. Covering 5,000 acres of fresh and brackish water pools and reservoirs , maritime forest, salt marsh, and sandy beaches, this is one of the most super bio-diversified ecosystems on the planet. We can’t guarantee it but have often seen dolphins, and they are certainly not shy. It’s likely that we will see more than 30 different avian species during the day. The focus of our field trip is biodiversity and fragile marine ecosystems. The ecosystems of this barrier islands are almost completely undeveloped and truly feel otherworldly. We will explore pristine Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge and Boneyard Beach. Our hike will take us through maritime forest, inland trails and ponds — alligator spotting highly likely! — and stretches of the vast beach. Birding should be excellent as we move through the dynamic outlines between ecosystems. We’ll also learn about human history and its integral connection to natural history as we explore the original landing spot of ships that first landed here in 1670 on their way to settle Charlestowne, where they were greeted by the Sewee Native American tribe.
Picnic lunch on field trip.
We will continue to immerse ourselves in barrier island geology, focusing on the migration of the land mass itself towards the mainland. As we hike, we’ll explore the intimate relationship between island, estuary, and ocean. Surrounded by a diverse array of bird life, playful dolphins, elusive alligators and pristine shoreline, it’s easy to imagine what early life was like in this warm subtropical paradise.
Dinner will be on your own.