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2017

November 15, 2017
The 2017 Albemarle-Pamlico Ecosystem Symposium: Eyes on the Horizon

October 16, 2017
From Dust Came Soil Conservation

September 11, 2017
Taking Nature's Pulse

August 18th, 2017
Teaching Teachers to ExPLORE NC

July 13, 2017
Protecting North Carolina's Coastal Habitats with Jimmy Johnson

May 19, 2017
Cypress Trees as Sentinels of the Sounds

April 5, 2017
Becoming the Napa Valley of Oysters

February 28, 2017
Sound Science Guiding Conservation of the Albemarle-Pamlico Region

February 6, 2017
Celebrating Five Years of SciREN Coast

Jul-Dec 2016

December 12, 2016 
Proud Shaddys and Shamommas! A "Shad in the Classroom" Tale

November 2, 2016 
Cape Hatteras National Seashore Provides Opportunity for Scientific Discovery

September 19, 2016 
Restoring Estuaries, One Bag of Recycled Oyster Shells at a Time

July 15, 2016
Landscapes Standing Sentinel in Eastern North Carolina

Jan-June 2016

Jul-Dec 2015

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Jul-Dec 2014

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We Are Nature Heroes!

By: Marygrace Knight, APNEP
August 17, 2015

Rhana and Beau the American alligator

Rhana and her sidekick Beau make a great education duo!

Here at APNEP, we like to consider ourselves heroes… Nature Heroes, that is!

This summer, APNEP is proud to partner with the North Carolina Aquarium at Roanoke Island to support a program for local libraries called "We are Nature Heroes!: Successes and Challenges in Endangered Species Restoration.” This program focuses on two animal species that have been successfully removed from the Endangered Species List—alligators and ospreys—and one that is currently on the Endangered Species List: sea turtles.

Rhana Paris, the outreach coordinator for the aquarium, delivers a fun and engaging presentation about the lifecycles of the three animals and their habitats in the Albemarle-Pamlico watersheds.  An APNEP grant makes these presentations much more affordable for the 23 local libraries that hosted an event.

According to the catchy tune Rhana taught the group, animals “have to have a habitat to carry on!” In addition to her savvy song styles, Rhana also brought along myriad show-and-tell items ranging from animal skeletons and hides to a live, 3-year-old American alligator named Beau! Through this demonstration, the participants learned how the osprey, alligator and sea turtles' habitats have been impaired and what has and can be done to rescue these animals from the Endangered Species List.

Rhana suggests that by making good choices upstream, we can help maintain healthy ecosystems downstream for these animals. Some of these heroic choices might include turning off the water while brushing your teeth, unplugging your phone charger when it's not in use or by installing a water-saving device in your toilet. Many participants signed a pledge saying they will be "Nature Heroes" by striving to make more eco-friendly choices in their daily routines.

The daycares, schools, summer camps and families that attended all seemed to thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to learn about and interact with the animals. Many thanks to Rhana for using her tremendous talents and resources to put on such an awesome program!

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