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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
What makes an oyster reef restoration effort successful? Why do we even care about restoring these habitats? Researchers from UNC's Institute of Marine Sciences address these questions in this video highlighting one of NC's greatest natural resources. Due to the pressures of overfishing, poor water quality, and disease, oyster populations in NC have declined considerably. Watch this video to learn more about research on successfully restoring oyster reefs in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.
News and information from the Albemarle-Pamlico region and beyond
Economic impact on the half-shell
4/21/15 10:23 AMAs mollusks go, oysters are an especially generous lot.
Pamlico and Neuse merge in Sound Rivers
4/21/15 10:22 AMThe Pamlico-Tar River Foundation has officially merged with the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation to form a single entity, a new look and a joint venture in the mission to inform, educate and protect the water quality of two eastern North Carolina river basins enjoyed by many.
Wetlands play a vital role in flood protection, experts say
4/20/15 11:34 AMNot long ago, wetlands were considered mere roadblocks to development — nuisances that had to be drained to be useful.
Divers, fishermen fundraise for artificial reef
4/20/15 10:32 AMAfter many years since the menhaden industry in North Carolina ended, a menhaden boat is coming to Carteret County this summer, not to fish but to be sunk as an artificial reef to attract fish.
Earth Day spotlights wildlife, environment for students
4/20/15 10:31 AMAt the annual Earth Day, students at Eastern rotated around a variety of stations, provided by various organizations.
Rehab work on Bonner Bridge is progressing to June finish
4/20/15 10:30 AMA pair of projects to shore up the half-century old Herbert C. Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet are on track to be completed before summer arrives.
Bird nest on Hatteras means 40 miles of beach closed
4/20/15 10:30 AMA buffer from the beach to the sound is protecting Hatteras Island's first oystercatcher nest of the season, blocking traffic to Cape Point, one of the best fishing spots on the East Coast.
Salt: The Coast's Great Equalizer
4/20/15 7:29 AMBEAUFORT — The world was beginning to come alive as I pushed away from the dock.
10 things to do when visiting the Outer Banks
4/17/15 3:50 PMIn air, on land, at sea. Naturally, plenty of amazing outdoor experiences and tourist attractions are available on the Outer Banks.
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