Plants & Animals

  • MAGIC Team Reveals Algae’s Hidden Powers

    Duke Marine Lab researchers with the Marine AlGae Industrialization Consortium are developing ways to create both liquid fuel and livestock feed from naturally oily, nutrient-rich algae.

  • Wildlife Photo Project Expands Statewide

    Candid Critters, a photography experiment launched on the coast last year to gauge the diversity and range of wildlife for conservation and management, is going statewide.

  • Sea Turtle Doctor Pioneers New Science

    Dr. Craig Harms of N.C. State’s Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City not only treats sick and injured sea turtles and other marine life, he and others here advance the science.

  • NC Aquarium Staff Releases 33 Sea Turtles

    Specialists at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores invited paying guests for a boat ride to the Gulf Stream Wednesday to release 33 rehabilitated juvenile sea turtles rescued from area beaches.

  • Humpback Whales Recover; Threats Remain

    NOAA recently determined that most populations of humpback whales have rebounded and are no longer threatened or endangered, but some conservation groups say the status change is premature.

  • Partners: The Fisherman and the Scientists

    In a rare partnership David “Clammerhead” Cessna, a Carteret County fisherman, and UNC researchers Niels Lindquist and Joel Fodrie are working together on a new way to bring back North Carolina’s oyster populations.

  • Center Offers New Model for Hog Farming

    Work going on at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems is focused on sustainable agriculture, including a project to show how hogs can be raised without antibiotics and without storing their waste in troublesome open-air lagoons.

  • Gopher Frogs Get Head Start on Life

    In the second of our two-part series, a conservation team steps in to provide nursery care for threatened Carolina gopher frog tadpoles, releasing the amphibians into the wild after they’ve passed this most vulnerable stage in life.

  • Partnership Works to Save Gopher Frogs

    The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and other agencies are working together on an ongoing project to give threatened Carolina gopher frogs a head start on life.

  • Crystal Skipper Earns Species Status

    The rare crystal skipper butterfly has the unusual distinctions of being a newly identified species that’s found only along a small section of the central N.C. coast.