Seminar to Examine Effects of Forest Management on Amphibians

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 22, 2011) – The March 23 program in the Fisheries and Wildlife Seminars at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education will examine the effects of forest harvesting on amphibians. Dr. Jessica Homyack, a wildlife scientist with the Weyerhaeuser Company, will present research from a 15-year field experiment examining the effects of a wide range of oak regeneration practices on terrestrial salamanders. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments. Although researchers consistently detect negative effects of clear-cut harvesting on relative abundances of amphibians, the long-term responses of populations, the mechanisms of declines, and community responses across a range of forestry techniques have not been well-described. Dr. Homyack will also discuss emerging issues related to forest management and biodiversity. The program is part of an open-to-the-public series in partnership wi
Monday, February 21, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9313)/Comments (0)/

Camera Gives View of Eagle Family on Wildlife Game Land

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 18, 2011) – A camera mounted above a nest in a pine tree along the shore of Jordan Lake is giving viewers a birds-eye view of a bald eagle couple as they raise their two chicks. The eagle camera streams constant footage of the eagle family’s activities. Citizen scientists can submit logs of what they observe on camera to N.C. State University, which coordinated the project through its Cooperative Fish and Widlife Research Unit. The Wildlife Resources Commission is one of several partners that on the project. For more information, visit Biologists hope that giving people a chance to view the nest – located on the N.C. Widlife Resources Commission’s Jordan Lake Game Lands – from the comfort of their desks at home, school or work will pique interest in this once-endangered species. The Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund, through the North Carolina income tax check off, hel
Thursday, February 17, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11064)/Comments (0)/

N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Unveiled at East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – Delaware artist Richard Clifton’s painting of a pair of Canada geese standing in a pasture was selected as the 2011 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print. The painting, “Canadas in Pasture,” was unveiled at the 16th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Feb. 11. Representing the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Deputy Director Mallory Martin; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Ray White and Mitch St. Clair; former Wildlife Commissioner Arthur Williams and Sen. Stan White, who succeeded Marc Basnight in the N.C. State Legislature earlier this year. The unveiling of “Canadas in Pasture” marks the first time Clifton has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He placed second in last year’s co
Wednesday, February 16, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11738)/Comments (0)/

New N.C. Coastal Boating Guide Available

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 17, 2011) – The 2011-12 N.C. Coastal Boating Guide is now available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. The newly designed, free guide features a map of the state’s coastline, along with information about boating safety, museums and parks, boating access areas, recreation, licenses and fishing piers. It also offers a guide to the Town of Oak Island, along with facts on the Intracoastal Waterway and other coastal resources. For more information on boating in North Carolina or to order a copy of the guide, visit Boating Publications. Guides also can be ordered by calling the Division of Engineering Services at (919) 707-0150.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11799)/Comments (0)/

Elkin Boat Ramp Renovated

RALEIGH, N.C. (February 14, 2011) – N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Crews have recently completed renovations on the Elkin Boating Access Area in Surry County on the Yadkin River. The Commission has given the Crater Park site a new ramp, docks and parking spaces. The site is also now fully ADA compliant.  “The Elkin Boating Access Area is in a great location for boaters in the Northern part of our state,” said Erik Christofferson, chief of the Commission’s Division of Engineering Services. “It’s been completely refurbished, and we are thrilled to be partnering with the Town of Elkin to provide free, 24-hour access to North Carolina’s public waters.” For more information on boating in North Carolina, including an interactive map of Boating Access Areas, visit
Sunday, February 13, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9950)/Comments (0)/