Oct. 15, 2007
Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
Rachel Carson Reserve welcomes new foal
BEAUFORT, N.C. – The Rachel Carson component of the National Estuarine Research Reserve – best known locally as Carrot Island – announces the birth of a new foal. The female foal was born at the end of September.
There are currently 42 feral horses that roam the marshes and islands of the Rachel Carson Reserve. Since 1999, remotely delivered contraceptive vaccines have been used to manage the herd. The general goal of the birth control program is to regulate the herd size at a healthy level.
The mission of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve is to promote, through research, education and example, informed management and stewardship of the nation’s estuarine and coastal habitats. The 2,675-acre Rachel Carson Reserve is one of 10 sites in the North Carolina Coastal Reserve. For further information about the horses or the Rachel Carson Reserve, contact Paula Gillikin, Rachel Carson Site Manager, at (252) 838-0886.