The Bald Head Island Conservancy is part of a non-profit organization founded in 1983 whose mission is to protect, preserve and promote the natural environment of the Smith Island complex. This unique area includes Bald Head, Middle and Bluff Islands, all of which are bounded by the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean in southeastern North Carolina. The Conversancy offers various family adventure programs during the summer as well as kayaking and birding expeditions throughout the year. A little over 3 miles long and less than 1 mile wide in most areas, Bald Head Island boasts 14 miles of pristine beach, including Cape Fear Point, the southernmost cape in North Carolina. There are 10,000 acres of salt marsh and approximately 180 acres of protected maritime forest. This site is featured on the NC Birding Trail. Species of interest include: Wilson's Plover, Piping Plover, Sandwich Tern, Least Tern, Painted Bunting, & wintering waterfowl.