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.

National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

National Register Adds 17 North Carolina Historic Places

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 21, 2014 – The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources is pleased to announce that 17 individual properties and districts across the state have been added to the National Register of Historic Places. The properties below were reviewed by the North Carolina National Register Advisory Committee and were subsequently approved by the North Carolina State Historic Preservation Officer and forwarded to the Keeper of the National Register.   “Architecture is among North Carolina’s rich cultural treasures,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “These selections are North Carolina’s adaptations of classic American styles of architecture ranging from a plantation house to a downtown auto dealership. I’m pleased these sites have merited selection to the National Register so they can be […]

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

North Carolina’s ‘Enchanted Airlie’ Grows International

WILMINGTON, NC Nov. 20, 2014 – When night falls over 67-acre Airlie Gardens in December, the forest comes alive as “Enchanted Airlie,” an estimated 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the half-mile, self-guided, walking trail of holiday displays. Seasonal sounds fill the air and warm holiday refreshments add the perfect touch for a winter stroll. Created by the Airlie Gardens Foundation ten years ago, Enchanted Airlie has rapidly gained national and international prominence as a must-see attraction for the holidays. “We have visitors from all 50 states and 47 different countries,” said Janine Powell, Airlie Gardens’ Development Director. “During Enchanted Airlie we’ll see around 30,000 people.” The Southeast Tourism Society voted Enchanted Airlie a Top 20 Event in 2012. In November, Out […]

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
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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 […]

Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

Agreement Reached in Red Wolf Lawsuit Against Wildlife Commission

RALEIGH, NC Nov. 14, 2014 — An agreement has been reached in a lawsuit against the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will restore conditional coyote hunting in the five-county red wolf reintroduction area of eastern North Carolina. The agreement will restore daytime coyote hunting on private lands in Dare, Hyde, Beaufort, Tyrrell and Washington counties by licensed or otherwise authorized hunters, with a special permit obtained from the Wildlife Commission and subsequent reporting of kill. In the other 95 counties of the state, coyote hunters may hunt during daytime or at night using artificial lights, and no special permit or reporting of coyote harvests is required. The agreement stems from a lawsuit brought by the Southern Environmental Law Center on […]

Six Species of Sharks Awarded Long-Awaited Protections By CMS

Six Species of Sharks Awarded Long-Awaited Protections By CMS

By: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society FRIDAY HARBOR, WA Nov. 12, 2014 – Last weekend brought an important milestone for sharks. On Sunday, November 9, 2014 several shark species were finally granted protection under the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), administered by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The newly protected sharks include all three thresher species (genus alopias), the silky shark (Carcharhinus falciformis), and both the great (Sphyrna mokarran) and scalloped (Sphyrna lewini) hammerhead sharks. The protections were established during the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the CMS treaty (CoP11), which met in Quito, Ecuador to discuss global action to improve the conservation status of migratory species. Migratory sharks are taken in targeted […]

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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 […]

Last Cannon Recovered from Ocean Floor Showcased at Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab Open House Nov. 15

Last Cannon Recovered from Ocean Floor Showcased at Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab Open House Nov. 15

GREENVILLE, NC Nov. 10, 2014 – Lots of pirate loot will be showcased at the Open House at the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Laboratory Nov. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Artifacts on view from Blackbeard’s flagship, Queen Anne’s Revenge, will include cannons, gold dust, navigational instruments. Conservators and archaeologists can explain the use of each prized object. Those who love pirates, archaeology and conservation will enjoy the free program. No registration is required. The open house will allow visitors of all ages to learn about recovery and conservation of Blackbeard’s cannons, and view the cannon just raised in October. Guests can look through a microscope at the smallest objects discovered over the years and see mysteries revealed in x-rays. The lab […]

Taiji Dolphin Killers drive first Bottlenose pod of the hunt season into The Cove during Taiji Whale Festival Celebration

Taiji Dolphin Killers drive first Bottlenose pod of the hunt season into The Cove during Taiji Whale Festival Celebration

The Terrified Bottlenose Trapped in the Cove Endured Crowds of Festival-Goers Before Facing Captive Selection and Slaughter the Next Day; the Bottlenose Slaughter Was Immediately Followed the Next Day by the Capture and Slaughter of a Family of Risso’s Dolphins By: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society TAIJI, Japan Nov. 4, 2014 — On Sunday, November 2 (Japan time), the first bottlenose dolphin pod of the hunt season was driven into Taiji’s infamous killing cove. The hunting boats generally leave port by no later than 6:30 am, and by 7:30 that morning, there were no signs of the fleet’s departure. However, even during the celebration of the Taiji Whale Festival — usually a day without hunting — the greed of Taiji’s dolphin […]

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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! […]

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