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  • Pea Island Refuge Center Gets Lift

    Work continues on the project to raise the Pea Island Refuge Visitor Center, the US Fish and Wildlife Service in North Carolina announced Thursday on Facebook.

  • Scientists, Teachers Connect at SciREN

    Maria McDaniel, education and program director at the Greenville Science Center, left, listens as UNC Chapel Hill graduate students Alayna Mackiewicz, center, and Dana Lim discuss their lesson plan on magnetism and animal navigation last week during the eighth annual Scientific Research and Education Network, or SciREN, Coast event at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Photo: Sarah Loftus

  • Pea Island Restoration Work Nears End

    Michael Flynn, coastal advocate with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, snagged this photo Tuesday of a habitat restoration project that began in January at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, work expected to be completed this week. The North Carolina Department of Transportation and contractor Barnhill Construction are excavating sand behind the Oregon Inlet terminal groin to improve habitat for migratory birds.

  • Tree-mendous Effort On To Build Dunes

    Volunteers with Better Beaches OBX, an environmental conservation group on the Outer Banks, place Christmas trees Saturday on the beach near Jeannette’s Pier. Donny King, owner and chef of Ocean Boulevard Bistro in Kitty Hawk, worked with Matt Potter, a restaurant owner in Virginia Beach, to coordinate the effort. More than two dozen trucks and trailers were used to haul 2,100 trees from Virginia and volunteers placed the trees to help rebuild dunes. Photo: Kip Tabb

  • ‘Candy Bomber’ Enshrined at Memorial

    Col. Gail Halvorsen, left, nicknamed “The Candy Bomber” and this year’s inductee into the First Flight Society Paul Graber Shrine at the Wright Brothers Memorial, poses Tuesday with National Park Service Outer Banks Group Superintendent Dave Hallec during an event at the memorial commemorating the 116th anniversary of the first powered flight. Photo: Kip Tabb

  • R/V Shearwater Docks in Beaufort

    The new research and survey vessel R/V Shearwater paused for a photo op around 3 p.m. Tuesday at Duke University Marine Lab before making its way to the downtown Beaufort waterfront. The 77-foot catamaran will enable faculty and students to travel several hundred nautical miles offshore and to stay at sea for several days.

  • Wright Memorial Fee Waived on Six Days

    Families spend Saturday afternoon viewing a replica of Orville and Wilbur Wright’s 1903 flyer and learning about the first successful airplane flight at the Wright Brothers National Memorial visitor center in Kill Devil Hills in this photo taken by Jennifer Allen. The National Park Service is waiving entrance fees on six days in 2020. 

  • Students Help Build Rain Garden

    Sarah Bodin, front right, of the North Carolina Coastal Federation assists students from the Career Management class at Swansboro High School in building a rain garden Tuesday at Swansboro’s town hall. The work to capture rainwater and reduce the amount of polluted runoff reaching nearby waterways is part of a larger project funded in part by the Section 319 Grant Program of the Clean Water Act. Photo: Mark Hibbs

  • Storm Causes Overwash on NC 12

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation warned motorists Thursday via a post on Twitter that crews were repairing storm-caused dune erosion north of Rodanthe on N.C. 12.  While the storm system sits offshore, motorists should expect overwash on N.C. 12, especially at high tide.

  • Event to Showcase Cape Lookout at Night

    Cape Lookout Lighthouse shines on the night sky in this image by the National Park Service. Visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore can experience the lighthouse under the night sky, like the lighthouse keepers did, during the ranger-led Evening at the Cape program, offered one weekend a month from June to October.   

  • Sonar Data Used to Image Shipwreck

    An image of a shipwreck off the North Carolina/Virginia coast, likely a World War II freighter, was captured Thursday via synthetic aperture sonar data collected by ThayerMahan Inc. and Kraken Robotics on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s ship Okeanos Explorer as part of a technology demonstration. NOAA says this type of data can be used to identify, assess and monitor underwater cultural heritage sites, and the resolution is high enough to contribute to archaeological studies. Image: NOAA/ThayerMahan Inc./Kraken Robotics.

  • Shelter Helps Opossums, Other Wildlife

    Two opossums have a snack in the outdoor enclosure at the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter and Education Center in Carteret County. OWLS is a nonprofit wildlife hospital where thousands of injured, sick and orphaned native wildlife are rehabilitated and released. OWLS cares for opossums like these two from infancy in the shelter’s nursery, to juveniles in the outdoor enclosures, to when they’re old enough to be released in a safe location. Photo: OWLS