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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
Environmental impact law in jeopardy
4/24/15 11:37 AMRALEIGH With little discussion and no study of the potential consequences, state legislators are looking to gut an environmental protection law that has been on the books since 1971.
Biodiversity promotes multitasking in ecosystems
4/24/15 11:37 AMA new study of the complex interplay between organisms and their environment shows that biodiversity — the variety of organisms living on Earth — is even more important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems than previously thought.
Currituck gets green light to begin 24-hour dredging
4/23/15 10:39 AMU.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Captain Martin Willis has given the go-ahead for his vessel, the hopper dredge Currituck, to begin 24-hour dredging in Oregon Inlet starting early morning on Thursday, April 23.
BOEM defends 50-mile buffer
4/23/15 10:38 AMRALEIGH – Barring offshore drilling rigs within 50 nautical miles of the Southeast coast would provide an environmental buffer, accommodate the needs of the military and commercial fishing and give potential wind farms room to develop, the director of the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, or BOEM, said yesterday at an energy conference in Raleigh.
Could Hatteras be America's first colony?
4/23/15 10:37 AMJamestown Virginia is the site of the first permanent English colony in the New World. Or is it?
Harsh winter has delayed annual marsh burning ritual
4/23/15 10:37 AMFebruary and March are traditionally when marshes on public and private lands are torched under controlled conditions, but the harsh weather this winter pushed back many of them into April.
McAuliffe establishes environmental literacy challenge
4/23/15 10:37 AMGovernor McAuliffe today signed an executive order establishing the Virginia Environmental Literacy Challenge.
McAuliffe announces plan for "Virginia Treasures"
4/23/15 10:36 AMGov. Terry McAuliffe announced Wednesday a program to protect or expand access to 1,000 natural treasures.
A humdinger winter for hummers
4/22/15 9:42 AMStepping out onto my front porch, I did a double-take.
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