Rank (0) Views 4239 On Mon, Jul 01, 2013 10:46 AM, 877 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (July 1, 2013) — Birders in North Carolina are flocking to the recently re-designed N.C. Birding Trail website (www.ncbirdingtrail.org), which provides more detailed information on each of the 327 sites statewide that comprise the trail.

The key feature of the new website is a map from which visitors can browse sites by location, using a Google map interface, according to Scott Anderson, the bird conservation biologist for the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. When visitors click on a site on the map, they will see a short summary of the site, including a description of the site, birds they might see or hear and the type of habitat surrounding the site.

The map also incorporates a “bird finder,” where birders can search for a particular bird.

“For instance, if you type in ‘American redstart,’ the map will display all of the birding trail sites where redstarts might be seen, as well as any recent sigh

Rank (0) Views 3156 On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 1:09 PM, 880 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2013) — The 2013 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print will be available through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store on July 1.

The stamp and print feature a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge, painted by Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter. Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps will sell for $145. The collector’s mint stamp will sell for $10.

This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He has won awards in other states, including Ohio, California,Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada and Louisiana, where he placed first in 2012 with his painting of American wigeon at a marsh edge.

Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for

Rank (0) Views 7314 On Fri, Jun 28, 2013 11:16 AM, 880 days ago

Virginia Opossum Becomes Official State Marsupial

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 28, 2013) — North Carolina’s collection of state symbols got a little wilder yesterday after Gov. Pat McCrory signed legislation making the Pine Barrens treefrog and the marbled salamander the official state frog and salamander, and the Virginia opossum the official state marsupial.

Gov. McCrory signed the bill, which was sponsored by Rep. Marilyn Avila of Wake County, in front of a small, but enthusiastic crowd of amphibian aficionados. Among them was Rachel Hopkins, a 15-year-old from Wake County who spearheaded a year-long effort to get an official state amphibian after successfully lobbying to have then-Gov. Bev Perdue proclaim April 28, 2012 as “Save The Frogs” Day in North Carolina.

The Durham Academy student and self-described “frog lover” has spent the last few years speaking to Wake County Commissioners, conducting radio interviews and p

Rank (0) Views 4010 On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 10:01 AM, 882 days ago

MARION, N.C. (June 26, 2013) — Buncombe County native Allison Bryan won a $3,000 scholarship and the privilege to work this summer with fisheries biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the U.S. Forest Service after being selected to participate in the 2013 Hutton Junior Fisheries Biology Program sponsored by the American Fisheries Society.

Bryan, who recently completed her senior year at North Buncombe High School, is working with mentors Jacob Rash with the Wildlife Commission and Jason Farmer of the U.S. Forest Service to survey trout populations, monitor water quality and propagate freshwater mussels.

She was one of only 25 students selected from across the country, Mexico and Canada to participate in the Hutton Program, a summer mentoring program for high school students. The program’s goal is to stimulate interest in careers in fisheries science and management among groups underrepresented in the fisheries professions, such as minori

Rank (0) Views 2584 On Wed, Jun 26, 2013 9:57 AM, 882 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 26, 2013) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking two individuals with a diverse range of regional, habitat and species-specific expertise on nongame wildlife to serve on its Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee. The closing date for nominations is July 15.

The 18-member committee advises the Commission on nongame and endangered wildlife issues across the state and meets four times per year. The persons selected should be willing and able to contribute consistently as a volunteer to the efforts of the committee.

To nominate an individual for the committee, submit a nomination form detailing the reasons for the person’s nomination, a résumé, if available, and a cover letter. 

While electronic submissions are preferred, hard copies can be mailed to the Nongame Wildlife Advisory Committee, Attn: Diane Renzi, Division of Inland Fisheries, MSC1721, Raleigh, N.C. 27699-1721.  Submit electron

Rank (0) Views 6475 On Tue, Jun 25, 2013 11:24 AM, 883 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 25, 2013) — Under a new law that goes into effect July 1, military personnel who are not residents of North Carolina and would like to hunt, fish or trap in the state can purchase a short-term or annual license at resident prices.

Non-resident military personnel must be active duty at the time they purchase their resident licenses. They also must comply with all reporting, regulatory and hunter safety requirements, including registering big game harvests, as mandated by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and purchasing any federal migratory waterfowl stamps, as required by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

“North Carolina has made it a priority to be one of the most military-friendly states in the Union,” said Sen. Harry Brown of Onslow County, who introduced the bill. “In a small way, this bill will continue to move our state in that direction on quality–of-life issues for our active duty mil

Rank (0) Views 3145 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 12:35 PM, 884 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering free outdoors-related summer classes through its Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh.

The classes are open to the public but have some age restrictions, and require pre-registration on a first-come, first-serve basis. Equipment and materials are provided.

The summer schedule:

Youth Archery - July 17, 8 a.m.-noon, Eco Explorers for ages 8-10. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Adult Archery - July 19, 8 a.m.-noon, adults; ages 16 and older. Learn about archery, safety and the history of archery. Come prepared to be outside during the day. Bring rain poncho, water bottle and snack.

Geocaching - July 30, 8 a.m.-11 a.m., family, with 1 adult per 2 children. Learn about GPS units and geocaching, and then find “hidden treasures.” Com

Rank (0) Views 5391 On Mon, Jun 24, 2013 8:49 AM, 885 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 24, 2013)—The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding lifetime license holders that it is time to request a copy of the 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest for the upcoming season, which begins Aug. 1.

Lifetime license holders who have a license that entitles them to hunt big game and migratory game birds also can request their big game harvest report cards and HIP certification at the same time. Make requests by: Clicking on the lifetime license holder seasonal information button; Calling the Commission at 888-248-6834. Hours of operation are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; Visiting a Wildlife Service Agent. Most agents are located in bait-and-tackle shops, hunting and sporting goods stores and larger chain stores across the state.

The 2013-2014 North Carolina Inland Fishing, Hunting and Trapping Regulations Digest will be available at agent locations, and on the Commission’s website,

Rank (0) Views 3472 On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 4:23 PM, 887 days ago

CEDAR ISLAND, N.C. (June 21, 2013) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has completed renovations to a popular coastal Boating Access Area in Carteret County, and it is now open to the public.

The Cedar Island Boating Access Area, on the Pamlico Sound, has been made completely accessible for boaters with disabilities.  It includes two new boat ramps and fixed docks, and one new floating dock. The parking lot and access road have been paved, and include 17 trailered vehicle spots, and 5 single-vehicle spots.

“This site is popular for locals and draws tourists looking to access Pamlico Sound from across the state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. “Cedar Island provides important access for coastal anglers,wildlife watchers and recreational boaters, and these renovations are a wonderful enhancement to this beautiful site.”

The renovations were p

Rank (0) Views 7840 On Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:43 AM, 887 days ago

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (June 21, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam No. 1 in Bladen County.

The wooden pier extends 30 feet out and is 90 feet wide across the T-section. The pier was designed and constructed by staff with the Commission’s Division of Engineering and Lands Management. Unlike many of the piers constructed by the Commission, the pier at Lock and Dam No. 1 is a fixed pier with driven pilings so that it can withstand high-water events typical on the Cape Fear River.

The pier coincides with the construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” that is expected to improve passage of anadromous fish such as striped bass, American shad, river herring and sturgeon, during their spring migrations upriver to reach historical spawning grounds.

“This is a site that we have been

Rank (0) Views 8788 On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 4:58 PM, 888 days ago

Operation Something Bruin Trials at Haywood County Courthouse

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (June 20, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is asking for the public’s help to determine who and why someone dumped a bear carcass marked in white paint onto a road in Buncombe County.

Anyone with information pertaining to this or other wildlife violations should call 1-800-662-7137. Callers may remain anonymous. A combined reward of $3,000 has been offered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

The bear was discovered this week with “WHATS BRUIN ?” written across the head and “w-h-a-t-s” across the claws on the right paw and “b-r-u-i-n” across the claws on the left paw.

“This is a blatant disregard for wildlife and we plan to pursue this case vigorously,” said Lt. Tim Sisk with the Wildlife Comm

Rank (0) Views 1986 On Thu, Jun 20, 2013 2:08 PM, 888 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 20, 2013) Download the PDF below for the July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice

July 11, 2013 Commission Meeting Notice (PDF)

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