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    News Briefs

    • Astronomy Night Programs Resume Saturday

      Astronomy Night at the Cape Lookout National Seashore’s Harkers Island Visitor Center with park rangers and members of the Crystal Coast Stargazers is from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday.

    • Birding Trail to Open at Manteo Aquarium

      The N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island will unveil its new nature play trail, “For the Birds,” featuring Outer Banks and migratory birds during Memorial Day weekend.

    • Dare Board Approves Dredge Contract

      Dare County Commissioners approved Monday a contract for the design, construction and operation of a dredge that will clear and maintain Oregon and Hatteras inlets and other shallow draft inlets in the state under the direction of the Oregon Inlet Task Force.

    • Land Trust Acquires Craven County Tract

      The Coastal Land Trust has used money from the legal settlement over the Havelock bypass fight to buy and preserve 182 acres surrounded by Croatan National Forest near New Bern.

    • NCDEQ to Unveil EJ Mapping System

      A state mapping system with a tool featuring underserved communities is being unveiled Wednesday during the Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board meeting in Charlotte.

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    News Waves

    • Our Coast

      • Cape Lookout Rolls Out Summer Programs

        The staff at Cape Lookout National Seashore recently announced activities and schedules for the 2019 season to help visitors plan their escape to the park’s 56 miles of undeveloped beach.

      • Warblers and Shorebirds and Terns, Oh My!

        Outer Banks birder Jeff Lewis writes that spring birding on the Outer Banks is awesome in May, when songbirds, shorebirds and wading birds are in their most beautiful plumage.

    • Commentary

      • More Manatees In NC Waters Signal Recovery

        The uptick in manatee sightings in N.C. waters in recent years may be a sign of successful efforts to help their populations recover, and there are things you can also do to help.

    • Featured Photo

      • Patsy Pond Predator

        A fledgling great horned owl watches over the Patsy Pond Nature Trail in the Croatan National Forest near Newport on an early morning last week. According to the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, the great horned owl is the largest owl species in the state, so named because of the two prominent ear tufts of feathers that resemble horns.

    • Featured Video

      • Nighttime on the Albemarle Peninsula

        ECU geologist Stanley Riggs and astronomer Brian Baker of the science education and literacy nonprofit A Time for Science are leading a study to better understand the nocturnal environment and dark skies of the Outer Albemarle Peninsula. The study funded by North Carolina Sea Grant and North Carolina Space Grant and also including researchers from the Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese is designed to map and characterize the visual landscape and sounds of the region.