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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
Bonner Bridge repairs almost completed
5/29/15 9:29 AMRepairs to the concrete along the underside and to the steel crutch bents on the Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet are on schedule to be completed by mid-June, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.
Local woman warns of harmful effects from beach bacteria
5/29/15 9:25 AMOne local woman shares her experience after suffering from an illness she says was due to bacteria found in the beach waters.
New state regulations for sheepshead beginning June 1st
5/29/15 9:24 AMRecreational and commercial fisherman will face regulations for keeping sheepshead starting Monday, June 1, after the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission last week approved limits on the minimum size and amount of the popular fish that can be kept.
Editorial: NCWF proposes needed changes
5/28/15 3:39 PMNorth Carolina’s greatest natural asset is also its most delicate – its coast. It needs to be watched over, preserved and protected.
Remembering sound names for sound warships
5/28/15 3:20 PMBuilt by Pusey & Jones Company of Wilmington, Del., the 158-foot USCGC Pamlico entered Coast Guard commissioned service on July 11, 1907.
EPA issues final rules protecting water
5/28/15 12:46 PMDrinking water for 117 million Americans will be protected under new government rules shielding small streams, tributaries and wetlands from pollution and development, the Obama administration said Wednesday.
EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions
5/28/15 12:46 PMWASHINGTON If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing.
Man-of-wars showing up around Bogue Banks
5/28/15 12:46 PMATLANTIC BEACH — Beachgoers may come across Portuguese man-of-wars on the beaches this summer, but they’re advised not to touch them.
USFWS launches new regulatory program
5/28/15 12:43 PMThe US Fish and Wildlife Service issued a Notice of Intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of an incidental take program under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA).
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