Creatures of the wild come to Halyburton for park’s nature series

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The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring one of its "living dinosaurs" to Halyburton Park for a program on alligators. The park will offer several nature sessions this month. Courtesy photo.
The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will bring one of its ‘living dinosaurs’ to Halyburton Park for a program on alligators. The park will offer several nature sessions this month. Courtesy photo.

Wildlife enthusiasts of all ages can catch a close-up glimpse of some local critters during Halyburton Park’s summer nature series.

The series, now underway, offers participants a chance to engage with area experts and interact—at a short distance—with fierce and beautiful animals native to the Cape Fear region.

The program kicked off in late June with a presentation on bats that gave the facts, dispelled the myths and illuminated why Halyburton appreciates having the nighttime mammals around.

Alligators are the stars of the next session, set for 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 6. While dinosaurs are a thing of the past, the ancient and awe-inducing alligator is a distant relative. The NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher will lead this program, complete with a live dinosaur for all to view.

Halyburton will be visited by a gathering of raptors on Wednesday, July 13, when the park presents “Birds of Prey.” Various versions of the species will be presented to help illustrate their similarities and differences. Classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. and again from 7 to 8.

Ever wonder what comes out to play come dusk? A Halyburton Park naturalist will lead a nighttime hike from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27.

While exploring the trails after dark, the naturalist will clear up common misconceptions about oft-considered creepy nocturnal animals like bats and owls and explain how such creatures are adapted to the night life.

Halyburton Park is located at 4099 S. 17th St. The cost to attend the alligator and raptors programs is $5 and the hike is offered for free. Pre-registration required for all programs. Call (910) 341-0075 or sign up or register online.