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    Lea-Hutaff Island, a Restful Respite

    The deserted beaches, shifting shoals and expansive marshes of Lea-Hutaff Island along the southeast coast make it a needed haven for many bird species.

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    Holly Shelter Ablaze in Wildflowers

    A wild fire devastated a portion of the Holly Shelter Game Lands in Pender County last year, but it’s still a refuge for rare plants, diminutive gopher frogs and native butterflies.

  • Take a Walk on the Wild Side

    A detailed map, a GPS and a good compass would come in handy for a walk in the Holly Shelter Game Land in Pender County.

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    Giant Beavers or Celestial Encounters?

    Catfish Lake in the Croatan National Forest is one of more than 500,000 Carolina bay lakes that dot the East Coast. Their origins are mysterious, though our Sam Bland is voting for the beavers.

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    Take a Bear Island Camping Trip

    Any time of the year is a good time to pitch a tent on Bear Island to watch the stars and the dolphins and small creatures that light up the water.

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    The Lockwoods Folly River

    Diversity marks the full course of the Lockwoods Folly River in Brunswick County. Come meet a fetching river in this, the first of a three-part series.

  • Proposed Peat Mining Lands Become Wild Refuges

    Without herculean efforts on the part of the N.C. Coastal Federation, other groups and many local people, much of the Albemarle-Pamlico region would have become a coastal strip mine. Instead, that land is now protected as some of the wildest refuges in eastern North America