Plants & Animals

  • 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.

  • Annual Christmas Rite Begins Next Week

    Yes, it’s time once again for the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count, and the N.C. chapter invites birdwatchers to participate in the longest-running, citizen science survey that will help shape the future of birds and climate science nationwide.

  • Where Eagles Dare, Scientists Now Watch

    Yangchen, a young female bald eagle, recovered from lead poisoning and now leads the life of a soaring starlet as her GPS tracker allows you to follow the flight of an eagle.

  • Toxic Algae Threatens Bald Eagles

    A recently identified deadly neurotoxin produced by algae found on the underside of an invasive aquatic plant has been linked to numerous bald eagle deaths.

  • Duke to Conjure ‘MAGIC’ of Oil from Algae

    The Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort received a $5 million grant to lead the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium, or MAGIC, to study algae as a source of biofuels and protein.

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    What Causes Dolphin, Whale Strandings?

    Experts debate what causes dolphins and whales to wash up on shores dead, like the three bottlenose dolphins that were stranded on Ocracoke Island during the winter of 2013-14.

  • Seals’ Appearance Is a Puzzle

    A mix of seal species is appearing on N.C. beaches with more and more frequency, but no one knows why. Could it be a consequence of a changing climate? One Duke University scientist is determined to find out.

  • The Tropical Reefs of North Carolina?

    Prompted by the prospect of wind energy development off North Carolina’s coast, researchers are finding reefs with tropical fish and corals right off our coast.

  • Can You Hear Me Now?

    Experimental probes detect motion in sea turtle nests at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, giving park managers flexibility and the hatchlings a cell phone connection.

  • The State of the Sharks

    Some say sharks are endangered, others that great whites are on the surge. We take you on a shark research ship to learn what’s happening to our coast’s top predators.

  • The Plight of the Monarchs

    Soon the monarch butterflies will begin their fall migration along Eastern North Carolina. However, some experts say this keystone species is in serious trouble.