Rank (0) Views 3837 On Fri, Jun 07, 2013 2:36 PM, 901 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (June 7, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is conducting a free Calling Amphibian Survey Program (CASP) workshop for anyone ages 16 and older who has an interest in learning more about frogs and toads and how to identify their calls.

The workshop will be held at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden on June 20 from 6-9 p.m. Participants will begin the workshop by learning frog and toad call identification techniques and CASP protocols before heading outdoors to put their newly acquired listening skills to the test.

The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located at 536 N. Eastern Blvd. It encompasses 78 acres of pine and hardwood forest with several ponds that make ideal habitat for many frog and toad species, such as green treefrogs, green frogs and southern leopard frogs.

Mike Campbell, an educator with the Commission, and Jeff Hall, the Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation biologist for the Commission,will conduct the workshop. Hall

Rank (0) Views 2981 On Tue, Jun 04, 2013 11:24 AM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2013) — Starting June 3, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is inviting public comments on the early waterfowl and webless migratory game bird hunting seasons.

The seasons include dove, woodcock, rail, snipe and thos waterfowl seasons beginning before October 1. Input on extended falconry seasons for webless species will also be taken at this time. Comment on proposed dates for the seasons by going to www.ncwildlife.org and clicking on “Submit Comments” at the bottom of the page.

Comments will be accepted from June 3 through June 20.

Every year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service provides frameworks from which to choose the seasons, and the Commission selects the actual dates within these guidelines.  Season dates will be selected at the July 11 Commission meeting.

For more information on migratory game birds in North Carolina, visit www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.

Rank (0) Views 4150 On Tue, Jun 04, 2013 9:58 AM, 904 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (June 4, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently launched two webpages dedicated to the Safe Harbor Program and red-cockaded woodpeckers, also known as RCWs.

The Safe Harbor Program web page (www.ncwildlife.org/rcwsafeharbor) provides an overview and outlines the benefits of the voluntary program, which was created in 2006 to encourage private landowners to undertake voluntary land conservation measures that benefit RCWs. The page explains in greater detail the process of enrolling private land into a Safe Harbor Agreement and also provides information on the various land-management activities that can be done to make properties more suitable for RCWs and other wildlife species while protecting landowners from any additional encumbrances of having a listed species on their property.

The Red-cockaded Woodpecker web page (www.ncwildlife.org/rcw) provides a wealth of information on the federally endangered bird, including its life history, h

Rank (0) Views 9715 On Fri, May 31, 2013 4:10 PM, 908 days ago

RIEGELWOOD, N.C. (May 31, 2013) — Biologists with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discovered the first swallow-tailed kite nest in North Carolina on May 7 while conducting aerial surveys in Bladen County.

They located the nest in the top of a bald cypress along the Cape Fear River, north of Lock and Dam 1 and east of Hwy. 87, outside of Riegelwood. The discovery is welcome news to biologists because it is definitive proof that this N.C. Wildlife Action Plan priority species is breeding in the state.

“There have been many sightings of the swallow-tailed kite in this same vicinity for several years in the spring and summer so we strongly suspected that they were nesting, but we continued to consider them a ‘probable breeder’ because we lacked evidence of successful breeding,” said John Carpenter, a wildlife diversity biologist with the Commission. “Because swallow-tailed kites nest in remote swamps, it was difficu

Rank (0) Views 3737 On Fri, May 31, 2013 8:47 AM, 908 days ago

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (May 31, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is offering a variety of free fishing-related events and workshops in June at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville. 

On June 1, the “Take A Kid Fishing” event will run from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m., and is open to all ages, although only participants 15 years old and younger are eligible to enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 153 fishing-related prizes. The “Take A Kid Fishing event” is one of 31 that gets under way this Saturday to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2013. Registration is on site the day of the event.

At the Fishing Lanyard Crafting Workshop, which is scheduled for June 14 starting at 7 p.m., participants will create their own fishing lanyard to take home.

“A fishing lanyard is a great alternative to a fishing vest because you can hang it around your neck and have

Rank (0) Views 3322 On Thu, May 30, 2013 2:52 PM, 909 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 30, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and the Alcohol Law Enforcement Division have released Memorial Day weekend totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign.

“On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that everyone can safely travel on highway and waterways during the summer months. The campaign periods focus on three major holidays; Memorial Day, July 4th and Labor Day. The campaign will continue into the upcoming summer months.

Below are the Memorial Day weekend enforcement efforts from all three participating agencies:

Wildlife Resources Commission

 Operate Boat While Impaired: 25

 Other Boating Arrest Violations:  471

 Other Boating Warnings: 811


Rank (0) Views 2968 On Wed, May 29, 2013 5:09 PM, 910 days ago

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (May 29, 2013)  —A free fishing event at Howell Woods scheduled for June 1 has been canceled. Participants who had planned to attend the Johnston County event can attend the Lake Wheeler Fishing Derby, which will be held at Simpkins Pond on Lake Wheeler in Wake County, on June 1 starting at 9 a.m.

The Lake Wheeler Fishing Derby is one of 31 that get under way this Saturday to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2013. The kids' fishing events are supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S.Forest Service. Find out more about the kids' fishing events, including an updated list of events, here.

Rank (0) Views 3520 On Wed, May 29, 2013 3:47 PM, 910 days ago

KINSTON, N.C. (May 29, 2013)  —  Neuseway Nature Park and Neuse Sport Shop will co-host a free fishing event for children ages 15 and younger at the park’s pond, which has a pier, a fish feeder and stocked catfish, on June 8 from 9 a.m. to noon.

The event is one of more than 35 kids’ fishing events supported by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in partnership with Neuse Sport Shop, Trout Unlimited and the U.S. Forest Service, to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week 2013.

Download an updated list of events, which are held throughout the state each year from late-May through early June.

Young anglers registered at any of these fishing events can enter a statewide drawing for a chance to win one of more than 150 fishing-related prizes. The grand prize is a lifetime sportsman license, which includes freshwater and saltwater fishing privileges, as well as hunting privileges, donated by Neuse Sport Shop, located in Kinst

Rank (0) Views 12406 On Wed, May 29, 2013 9:51 AM, 910 days ago

WILMINGTON, N.C. (May 29, 2013) — The Cape Fear River Partnership, a coalition of state and federal natural resources agencies, academic entities and private and non-governmental organizations, will release tomorrow the final version of the “Cape Fear River Basin Action Plan for Migratory Fish” — a blueprint that provides long-term, habitat-based solutions for the most pressing challenges to migratory fish in the Cape Fear River basin.

The plan will be unveiled during a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Bladen County to celebrate the completed construction of a rock arch ramp — or “fish passage way” — at the Cape Fear River Lock and Dam No. 1, which is located 32 miles upriver from Wilmington.

Members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which constructed the rock arch ramp, will cut the ceremonial red ribbon at 10 a.m. to mark the official opening of the rock arch ramp.

The rock arch ramp is expected t

Rank (0) Views 2244 On Fri, May 24, 2013 2:33 PM, 915 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May. 24, 2013) Download the PDF below for the Notice to the Secretary of State of an added official WRC meeting on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Raleigh.

Notice to Secretary of State (PDF) Visit Meetings / Actions in the About section for more information.

Rank (0) Views 8080 On Fri, May 24, 2013 11:35 AM, 915 days ago

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 24, 2013) — We get it. They are awfully cute, and many times look abandoned.

But the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding the public that they should not approach, touch, feed or move fawns seen hiding in the grass, brush or other vegetation. Deer are a“hider species” — which means a female will hide her fawn in vegetation while she feeds elsewhere. She might not return for several hours.

So while the fawn might look abandoned and alone, it is often just waiting for the female to return.

The fawn is well-equipped to protect itself. By the time it is 5 days old it can outrun a human and by 3 to 6 weeks of age the fawn can escape most predators.

“Spotted and lacking scent, fawns are well camouflaged and usually remain undetected by predators. The doe will return to the fawn several times a day to nurse and clean it, staying only a few minutes each time before leaving again to seek food,”

Rank (0) Views 4013 On Thu, May 23, 2013 8:45 AM, 916 days ago

NEW BERN, N.C. (May 23, 2013) — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, in coordination with Weyerhaeuser, is conducting a “Reptiles of North Carolina” workshop at the Cool Springs Environmental Education Center in Craven County, on June 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.   

The workshop is open to anyone 16 and older interested in learning more about snakes, turtles and lizards found in North Carolina.A $10 fee is required to cover costs associated with operating the center — an outdoor classroom that provides hands-on learning opportunities in forestry, ecology and other environmental topics.

During the morning session, Wildlife Commission personnel Mike Campbell and Jeff Hall will lead a classroom discussion on conservation, basic biology and habitat requirements of snakes, turtles and lizards as well as the effects that people can have on these often-maligned, but ecologically important animals. In the afternoon,workshop partic

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