Conservation

Conservation of our oceans, ecology and natural resources including organizations like Sea Shepherd, Sea Turtle Hospitals and especially the nature conservation efforts along the beach regions of the Carolinas.

Sea Shepherd volunteers to become “Living Photo Exhibition” at SeaWorld during International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association Conference

Sea Shepherd volunteers to become “Living Photo Exhibition” at SeaWorld during International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association Conference

SEA SHEPHERD ORLANDO CHAPTER VOLUNTEERS TO DEMONSTRATE & BECOME “LIVING PHOTO EXHIBITION” AT SEAWORLD DURING ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL MARINE ANIMAL TRAINERS’ ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE The connection between the live trade in dolphins for human entertainment and the dolphin drive hunts cannot be denied   ORLANDO, FL Sept. 12, 2014 – The Orlando chapter of the marine conservation non-profit Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will hold a demonstration and “living photo exhibition” outside of SeaWorld, as members of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association (IMATA) gather in the Florida city for their annual conference. During the demonstration, Sea Shepherd volunteers will hold disturbing images of the annual drive hunts, captive selection and brutal slaughter of dolphins and small whales in Taiji, Japan, ground zero for […]

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Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

Cruise the Coast to Celebrate National Estuaries Day

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC Sept. 9. 2014 – The N.C. Coastal Federation is hosting the inaugural “Cruise for the Coast” to celebrate our estuaries and support the federation’s education programs. The three-hour cruise to Masonboro Island will depart from Carolina Beach on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 4 p.m. aboard the 65-foot Winner Cruise Queen.   On the island, participants can walk the beach with federation staff and Richard Cecelski of Carolina Ocean Studies. The return trip will be through Snow’s Cut, just in time for the sunset, and guests can enjoy music, complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages on the upper deck.   National Estuaries Day is an annual celebration that’s been held since 1988 to highlight the importance, beauty and vulnerability […]

Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are on site in Taiji, Japan to launch 5th Season of ‘Operation Infinite Patience’ Campaign

Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are on site in Taiji, Japan to launch 5th Season of ‘Operation Infinite Patience’ Campaign

Sea Shepherd Returns to Taiji After Drawing Worldwide Media, Public and Political Attention Last Year to Taiji’s Brutal Hunt of Dolphins and Small Whales   TAIJI, Japan September 1, 2014 – Sea Shepherd Conservation Society reports its Cove Guardians are on the ground in Taiji, Japan for the start of the fifth consecutive season of its dolphin and small whale defense campaign, Operation Infinite Patience. Sea Shepherd’s Cove Guardians are prepared to once again document and expose the brutal slaughter and captive trade of dolphins and small whales, as the 2014-2015 drive hunt season begins. For a staggering six months of each year – from September until March – entire family units, or pods, of dolphins and small whales at a […]

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Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested for intervening against Faroese Pilot Whale ‘Grind’ Hunt

Sea Shepherd crewmembers arrested for intervening against Faroese Pilot Whale ‘Grind’ Hunt

Denmark, an Anti-Whaling Member Nation of the European Union, Shows Support for Slaughter of Whales by: Sea Shepherd Global SANDOY, Faroe Islands August 30, 2014  – Fourteen Sea Shepherd Conservation Society volunteer crewmembers of pilot whale defense campaign Operation GrindStop 2014 were arrested today on the Faroese island of Sandoy, as they entered the water to defend pilot whales from the brutal mass slaughter known as “grindadrap” or “grind” – putting themselves directly between a pod of 33 whales and their killers. Despite being a member nation of the European Union and subject to laws prohibiting the slaughter of cetaceans, Denmark has officially shown its support of — and now direct collaboration with — the Faroese whalers by sending the […]

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Flesh From Beached Bottlenose Whales Slaughtered was Dumped at Sea by Faroese Whale Killers

Flesh From Beached Bottlenose Whales Slaughtered was Dumped at Sea by Faroese Whale Killers

Sea Shepherd’s Drone Force Captures Images of Wasteful Dumping of Meat from these Rare Whales; Proves the Whalers Do Not Need to Continue Killing Cetaceans for Food by: Sea Shepherd Global SUDUROY, Faroe Islands August 29, 2014  – On the heels of yesterday’s horrific butchering of five rather rare Northern bottlenose whales who had beached themselves in the Faroe Islands, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has discovered that a good portion of flesh from these whales — meat that the Faroese whalers claim they eat — was today dumped back into the ocean for no apparent reason. Upon learning that the whale meat was being dumped off a remote cliff, Sea Shepherd onshore volunteers sent up a drone to capture images […]

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5 Beached Bottlenose Whales slaughtered by Whale Killers in the Faroe Islands

5 Beached Bottlenose Whales slaughtered by Whale Killers in the Faroe Islands

Sea Shepherd Documented the Scene as the Stranded Whales Were Butchered by: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society SUDUROY, Faroe Islands August 29, 2014 ­– In the early hours of yesterday morning, five bottlenose whales were found stranded on the Faroese island of Suduroy. In most places around the world, cetaceans who are stranded in shallow waters are given a helping hand by humans and ushered back out to sea. However, rather than make an attempt to rescue the beached pod, knife-wielding Faroese whalers killed and butchered the stranded, helpless whales, turning the bay to a sea of blood. Sea Shepherd Conservation Society — with a crew of offshore volunteers led by Sea Shepherd France and a team of onshore volunteers led by […]

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North Carolina Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

North Carolina Dove Hunting Season Starts Monday, Sept. 1

RALEIGH, NC August 26, 2014 — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds. Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 – Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 – Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. “Opening day is a Monday, not a traditional Saturday,” said Kate Pipkin, Wildlife Commission rules biologist. “Although many hunters prefer the season to open the Saturday prior to Labor Day, federal guidelines do not allow states to open migratory game bird […]

42 States At-Risk for Earthquake: Residents Should Prepare Now

42 States At-Risk for Earthquake: Residents Should Prepare Now

TALLAHASSEE, FL August 24, 2014 – The 6.0 magnitude earthquake in California today is a stark reminder for the more than 42 U.S. states at-risk for earthquakes to take action to prevent injuries, post-earthquake fires, and property damage before the ground shakes. The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes offers step-by-step instructions to protect your home and family from earthquakes in this how-to video, Look up, Look Around, Look Down. Look Up 1.Support ceiling fans and light pendants with the use of bracing wire secured to a screw eye embedded at least an inch into the ceiling joist. 2.Brace masonry chimneys back to the roof joists or reinforce roof sheathing to protect the home from falling masonry. Look Around 3.Anchor the tops of bookcases, […]

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“A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier” Summer Living History Program at Bentonville Battlefield Aug. 23

“A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier” Summer Living History Program at Bentonville Battlefield Aug. 23

FOUR OAKS, NC August 22, 2014 – The sounds of artillery and musket fire will once again ring out at Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site. The annual summer living history program, “A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier,”will be held Saturday, Aug. 23. Costumed living historians will demonstrate how soldiers made meals, maintained their weapons, equipment and uniforms, trained for battle, withstood the weather and much more. This free program will feature musket demonstrations at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., and artillery firings at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visitors can visit a Civil War soldier’s camp and discover what role the enlisted man played in battle. Re-enactors from the Co. D 27th […]

Rare Civil War artifact returns to Hatteras for permanent exhibit at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

Rare Civil War artifact returns to Hatteras for permanent exhibit at Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum

HATTERAS, NC August 21, 2014 – Through the generosity of the Keith Family Foundation, the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum has acquired the silk ensign from the USS Monticello.  It is one of only three silk naval flags from this period known to exist and is the only one with the name of the ship, “Monticello”, and that of her commander, “Lieut. Daniel L. Braine” embroidered along the hoist. USS Monticello, a 655-ton wooden, screw-steamer, was built at Mystic, Connecticut, in 1859 for commercial use. Chartered by the Navy in May 1861, she was named Star for a few weeks and then resumed her original name, Monticello. She was purchased by the Navy in September 1861. Her Civil War service is impressive, involving active employment in […]