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Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

Camp Lejeune Seeks Input from the Community

Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune is looking for input for the 2015 Community Involvement Plan for the Environmental Restoration Program. If you live in the area, please consider completing the form at: MCBCAMLEJ.CIP@ch2m.com The Community Involvement Plan is a document that will describe how Camp Lejeune communicates with the local community about the environmental restoration program and also how they can provide opportunities for public involvement. This is your chance to speak your mind. This short survey (link above) is important for Camp Lejeune officials to understand the community’s suggestions, concerns, and what information the public is seeking about the program. A summary of the responses will be included in the plan. For more information about the program and the […]

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Conservation
By November 12, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Conservation

Thanksgiving is coming up and it is a time to be grateful.  I am grateful for all of the great conservation efforts being made here in Eastern North Carolina and throughout our Atlantic Region.  I am grateful to live by the coast and be able to enjoy all of it’s splendor.  In order for us to keep enjoying the beauty and magic of a coastal community, it is up to us to protect and conserve our community environment. Here are some important conservation tips during the Thanksgiving holiday: 1.  Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle! Reduce the amount of waste you produce by buying only as much as you need and choosing products that come in packaging that can be recycled. Carry […]

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Green Post-Halloween)
By November 1, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Green Post-Halloween)

Last night was fun! I went back to my roots for a hometown Halloween celebration with long-time friends and new-found favs. Halloween, after all, is one of my favorite holidays (one behind Earth Day, of course). Halloween is creepy funtastsic! The scariest thing about Halloween is the waste! Costumes that you might only use once, candy that comes in individual wrappers, and pumpkins only used to carve scary faces on them and then tossed, all these things add up.  The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service states that Americans have a demand for around 1.1 billion pounds of pumpkins per year. According to Ecouterre, around 85 percent of Halloween costumes end up in our landfills.  That is a lot of wasted for just one night! […]

Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

Wrightsville Oyster Roast and NC Surf to Sound Challenge

Wrightsville Oyster Roast and NC Surf to Sound Challenge

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Oct. 30, 2014 – Prime oyster season has arrived and the Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce is hosting their Second Annual Oyster Roast on Sunday, Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m. This all you can shuck and eat festival will be surfside, at Oceanic Pier. On the menu will be an estimated 40 bushels of fresh local oysters, shrimp plates, sides, sauces, hushpuppies, deserts, drinks, and optional bar. Thanks to the generosity of local sponsors, tickets are only $30 per person and are available at Robert’s Grocery, South End Surf Shop, or online at: www.Wrightsville.org. Sales are limited to 350.   Event proceeds will help preserve historic Howell Cottage, home to the Wrightsville Beach Visitor’s Center and Chamber of […]

Coastal Conservation Away from Home: Tips and Tricks for your next Vacation!
By October 29, 2014 Read More →

Coastal Conservation Away from Home: Tips and Tricks for your next Vacation!

  Recycling away from home can be tricky, but is just as, if not more so, important than recycling at home. Recycling is key to making sure that materials do not end up in our ocean or in a landfill where they will stay forever, especially when it comes to marketable materials like metal and non-biodegradable materials like plastics! First thing is first, reduce or better yet eliminate the single use plastics like coffee cup lids, straws, and plastic water bottles (among’st other things). Travel with a reusable metal bottle or use the same plastic bottle over and over while on your vacation. Bring a bamboo or metal straw if you must or ask for no straw.  I always feel […]

A Pirate’s Exile: Life in Washington…
By October 23, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Life in Washington…

Arvada, CO, October 22, 2014-  I got off of the Greyhound in Portland, Oregon.  My cousin, Bev, had come with her son, Zack, to pick me up and head the rest of the way to her place in Buckley, Washington.  I’m pretty fond of the Greyhound but this had been a nightmare trip to begin with.  They had oversold the bus in San Diego, which resulted in a delayed departure and in missing the departing bus from LA.  Me and several other passengers were held in a sort of limbo where they had to figure out how to reroute us and get us seats.  Three people in particular stand out.  The two people in front of me, a guy and a […]

A Pirate’s Exile:  Comic-con and the San Diego Zoo
By September 27, 2014 Read More →

A Pirate’s Exile: Comic-con and the San Diego Zoo

Eatonville, WA, September, 27, 2014-Those of you who have been following what I do and where I go have seen me do a few different things but in the big picture, there are two ways I visit somewhere.  Either it’s a week or two and similar to a tourist vacation (like Boston or DC) or it’s a couple of months while I look for work and money (like Colorado or Washington state).  San Diego was a flat out vacation.  I didn’t bother to look for work or money.  I budgeted out a decent amount and just enjoyed myself.  My hosts, Steve and Kaelyn, are friends from NC who relocated a few years ago.  We all worked and played together back […]

Toddler Time returns to North Carolina Aquarium Oct. 1, 2014

Toddler Time returns to North Carolina Aquarium Oct. 1, 2014

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC Sept. 27, 2014 – Bring your little ones to the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores for a special time together enjoying stories, crafts, songs, puppets and animal encounters. Toddler Time begins Oct. 1 and runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 – 10:20 a.m. The weekly activities in Clearwater Classroom focus on a different animal each week. October’s celebrities include box turtles, fish, octopuses and salamanders. Toddler Time runs weekly through March 25, except no program Nov. 26 and Dec. 24. A Halloween event for ages 5 and under takes its place the morning of Oct. 29. Toddler Time is free with admission and registration is not required.     ###   The North Carolina Aquarium at […]

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