• He Left the World a Cleaner Place

    Anyone who knew Elmer Eddy for very long was soon paddling alongside him picking up trash along creeks and rivers of the White Oak Basin. He was that kind of guy. Elmer died recently at age 94.

  • Coastal Sketch: The Bee Lady

    Winborne Evans of Roanoke Island has a passion for honeybees. “Honeybees need humans to survive,” she says. “We’ve got to remember what they do for us, as well as what we do for them.”

  • Growing Up as a Student of the Sounds

    That’s Ladd Bayliss, a native of Manns Harbor in Dare County and a coastal advocate for the N.C. Coastal Federation. She offers an essay about growing up along Croatan Sound.

  • Coastal Sketch: Barry Bey

    Byron “Barry” Bey had intended to play music on the beach when he moved to Southport more than 25 years ago. He became a teacher instead. He has inspired hundreds of students and his high-school aquaculture program is known the world over.

  • Coastal Sketch: Bill Birkemeier

    As head of the Army Corps of Engineers research center in Duck, this soft-spoken, jazz-loving engineer changed the way we think about the natural forces that shape our ocean beaches. He’s retired after 32 years.

  • Louis Moore: An Original Tree Hugger

    Louis T. Moore, the longtime secretary of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce in the mid-20th century, had the head of businessman but the eye and heart of a poet. He championed protecting the city’s natural beauty, especially its trees, before such notions were popular.

  • Meet Midge Ogletree

    For Midge Ogletree of Columbia, retirement wasn’t exactly about relaxing, but more about giving back. She serves on the Columbia Board of Aldermen and on the federation’s Board of Directors and works tirelessly to restore the environment of the northeast N.C. coast.

  • Volunteers Protecting a River

    Meet federation volunteers Kevin Talon and Phyllis Evans, members of what’s become known as the Lockwood Army, so-called because of their disciplined and tireless contributions to the health of Brunswick County’s Lockwood Folly River and Inlet.

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    Coastal Sketch: Russell Blackwood

    Come enter the aquatic world of this Buxton resident and freediver who uses his camera to take intimate photos of the denizens of the not so deep.

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    Meet Margaret Herring

    Margaret Herring’s advocacy comes honestly. She marched with blacks in the South in the 1960s and worked with poor white coal miners in Kentucky. And it almost killed her.