Invasive species experts discuss ways to address Phragmites in North Carolina

On July 17, various groups joined together for a working meeting to discuss the growth of the non-native Phragmites australis, or Common Reed, in North Carolina’s coastal marshes. The workshop, organized by the North Carolina Coastal Federation, was held at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) lab in Beaufort, in partnership with the N.C.…

National Oyster Day — celebrating these incredible bivalves

Today is National Oyster Day, and here at the North Carolina Coastal Federation we know there’s a lot to celebrate about these multitasking bivalves. Not only are they a delicacy and a sustainable protein source, oysters are also filter feeders that naturally clean coastal waters. They support North Carolina’s coastal economy as well. Some of…

Campers earn community service hours, explore the natural environment

During the week of July 17, six eighth- through 10th-grade students took on the role of coastal scientists during Service in Science Camp, a weeklong camp hosted in partnership by the North Carolina Coastal Federation and Jennette’s Pier. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Wanchese office, as well as Meredith Fish and Hannah…

Lake Mattamuskeet public meeting set for Aug. 8

SWAN QUARTER — On Aug. 8, the Hyde County community is invited to attend the first of six public meetings to discuss long-term solutions for Lake Mattamuskeet’s watershed, its declining water quality and changing lake levels. Hyde County, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have come together to support…

Teachers get lessons on living shorelines on Ocracoke

Teachers from across the state traveled to the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) on Ocracoke for a three-day seminar, part of which included hands-on activities with the North Carolina Coastal Federation that were focused on a variety of coastal topics. Sara Hallas, coastal education coordinator for the federation’s Wanchese office, led…

Take a coastal cruise around Hammocks Beach State Park

The North Carolina Coastal Federation coastal cruises are an exciting way to explore the maze of salt marsh islands in the estuarine waters behind Bear Island, which is part of Hammocks Beach State Park. This year’s cruises, which dive into the local wildlife and natural resources of the estuary, kicked off on June 14. Spots…