Striking Island is a natural marsh island located in the lower Cape Fear River south of Wilmington. The site consists primarily of intertidal and high saltmarsh with small islands of upland washed oyster shell banks, shrubs and grassy areas.

Ornithological Summary

Striking Island is an important foraging site for wading birds from the nearby Battery Island Audubon Sanctuary. The site supports nesting Laughing Gulls, American Oystercatchers, Willets and Clapper Rails.

Conservation Issues

Disturbance to nesting birds.

The island is posted, patrolled, and entirely off limits to visitors during the nesting season, from April 1 to August 31. Disturbance to nesting birds is a primary concern.


The site is protected and managed by the National Audubon Society. The site is posted and patrolled, and is off-limits to all visitors.


Saltmarsh, shrubland, oyster shell ?rakes.?

Land Use

Wildlife conservation.

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