Today's skywatch post is of the Bodie Island Lighthouse of North Carolina. Earlier this summer my family and I spent some time there.
The Bodie Island Lighthouse (pronounced body) is one of three historic lighthouses on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The lighthouse was built in 1872.
Some Bodie Island Lighthouse Facts:
Height: 156 feet
Height of Stripes: 22 feet
Beam Range: 19 miles
Ownership: transferred from US Coast Guard to the National Park Service in 2000
Here is a picture from inside the lighthouse looking up:
There's a nearby nature trail that we were going to hike on until my wife saw this sign below...I ended up hiking alone.
Although we didn't have the time, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is a great place to go birding. Nearly 400 species of birds have been sighted within its surrounding waters. This impressive number is due to several factors: its location on the Eastern Flyway, varied habitats, and strong winds and storms that often bring in exhausted vagrants. They have quite an impressive bird checklist. http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/birds/chekbird/r4/hatteras.htm
I hope to do more bird watching there next spring!
To learn more about Bodie Island and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore check out the links below: