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A fresh take on the region's salty affairs
By Jim Hawhee, APNEP
APNEP’s Raleigh offices are located in the Nature Research Center, part of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences. Since its dedication in 2012, the building’s four-story stainless steel globe, known as the Daily Planet, has arguably become downtown Raleigh’s most iconic feature. The rest of the facility is no less impressive, teaching visitors “how we know” about the natural world.
Though we have long partnered with the museum’s world-class staff on projects, we’ve never fully taken advantage of their world-class facilities.
Therefore, we’re pleased to announce the Triangle Sound Series. Each month, from Earth Day in April to National Estuaries Week in September, APNEP will feature a speaker at the museum to explore the natural wonders of North Carolina’s sounds.
Hooking the region's best video clips
UNC TV's Exploring North Carolina highlights the state's marshes and explains why this habitat can be considered the beginning of the "cafeteria line" in the way it provides food for large fish like albacore, tuna, drum, and Spanish mackerel. Our coastal economy is dependent on the marsh ecosystem because we wouldn't have big fish, shrimp or oysters if we didn't have salt marsh. In the film, Liz Baird describes the marsh behind our barrier islands: "If we were to look at it from a plane and look down, I think of it as being the frame around the picture of the estuary".
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
AmeriCorps volunteer helps the coast
5/26/15 9:38 AMWhen the chance came to apply for a job at the N.C. Coastal Federation through AmeriCorps’ Project GEOS — Growing Environmental Opportunities through Service – Rachel Davis took the leap.
Nature confronts politics in North Carolina
5/26/15 9:33 AMDuring the early morning hours of May 2, part of the northbound lane of North Carolina Highway 12 in Kitty Hawk broke off and washed into the Atlantic Ocean.
Increase in commercial fishing harvest in 2014
5/26/15 9:27 AMA number of factors contributed to higher landings in 2014 and the first increase in the commercial fishing harvest in North Carolina in several years.
Cooking up new way to control lionfish
5/26/15 9:26 AMAt Bistro by the Sea Wednesday evening, 40 guests got to try a new type of seafood and help with a project to control an invasive species in North Carolina.
Time could not topple this centuries-old Manteo tree
5/26/15 9:25 AMLou Overman sat in a white folding chair under a massive live oak tree that Native Americans and the earliest colonists may have passed.
NC festival includes tours to see wild bears
5/26/15 9:24 AMThe town of Plymouth will host the first North Carolina Black Bear Festival on June 6 with a chance to see dozens of wild bruins in their natural habitat.
NCDOT adjusts schedule on Pamlico, Hatteras Inlet ferry runs
5/22/15 9:55 AMThe Ferry Division of the N.C. Department of Transportation is beefing up its schedule on Pamlico Sound and adjusting times on its Hatteras Inlet route to better serve both residents and visitors during the busy summer season.
N.C. Senate votes more funds for Oregon Inlet dredging
5/22/15 9:53 AMBy a 43-1 vote, the North Carolina Senate on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, passed Senate Bill 160, legislation that addresses the issue of open and navigable channels at the state's inlets and ports. Senator Bill Cook, Senator Harry Brown and Senator Michael V. Lee are the primary sponsors of the legislation.
Dare's Inlet and Waterways Commission votes not to disband
5/21/15 9:47 AMInstead of being dissolved, the Dare County Oregon Inlet and Waterways Commission is being reinvigorated with a more direct approach to Hatteras Inlet’s issues.
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