Malady Deadly to Bats Found in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2011) – White-nose syndrome, the disease that has killed hundreds of thousands of bats in the Eastern United States, has been discovered in a retired Avery County mine and in a cave at Grandfather Mountain State Park, marking the arrival of the disease in North Carolina. “White-nose syndrome is confirmed in Virginia and Tennessee, so we expected we would be one of the next states to see the disease,” said Gabrielle Graeter, a biologist with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. “This discovery marks the arrival of one of the most devastating threats to bat conservation in our time.” Although scientists have yet to fully understand white-nose syndrome, current knowledge indicates it’s likely caused by a newly discovered fungus, Geomyces destructans, which often grows into white tufts on the muzzles of infected bats, hence the disease’s name. The first evidence of this fungus was collect
Tuesday, February 8, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11253)/Comments (0)/

Wildlife Commission Signs Stewardship Contract with Forest Service

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has finalized an agreement with the National Forests in North Carolina that allows the two agencies to collaborate on projects to improve wildlife habitat -- the first Master Stewardship Agreement in the nation between the U.S. Forest Service and a state agency. “We are thrilled to join in this partnership that will allow proceeds from timber management to go back on the ground, into projects that improve wildlife habitat,” said Mallory Martin, deputy director of the Wildlife Resources Commission. “This agreement will allow our two agencies to collaborate early on to explore the best possible use of funds to benefit North Carolina’s wildlife resources.” Stewardship projects can include wildlife habitat improvement projects, prescribed burns to improve forest health, watershed restoration or management and control of non-native invasive weeds and insec
Wednesday, February 2, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11678)/Comments (0)/

Seminar Looks at Box Turtle Study and Student Contributions

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 2, 2011) – How has development in and around Lake Raleigh Woods affected the local box turtle population? That question and a subsequent study to determine answers will be the topic of a Feb. 16 program in the Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Seminar Series at the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education in Raleigh. The seminar begins at 4 p.m. immediately following a 3:30 p.m. networking session with free refreshments. Wildlife educator Kim Burge of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will discuss how, since 2007, the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education has conducted research with help from local schools and citizens, utilizing box turtle mark and recapture and radio telemetry projects. “The presentation includes up-to-date population data from the woods. Attendees will learn why we consider these approachable reptiles to be key ambassadors for encouraging outdoor exploration and connecting with wildlife,&
Tuesday, February 1, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10037)/Comments (0)/

Help Conserve Wildlife; Check Line 30 on State Income Tax Form

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 1, 2011) —  Whether you love to hunt, fish, bird watch, or just want to do your part to ensure that wildlife in North Carolina flourishes, you can help conserve North Carolina’s wildlife and their habitats by checking line No. 30 on your North Carolina State Income tax form this year. By donating a portion of your tax refund, you provide money for projects that help the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission conserve nongame wildlife and their habitats. Turtles, freshwater mussels, fish, birds, bats, frogs and salamanders all benefit from tax check-off donations to the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund. The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission uses Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Fund donations to support the research, conservation and management of animals that are not hunted and fished. Because nongame projects are not funded through state tax money, check-off donations provide the largest and most significant source of funding fo
Monday, January 31, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9788)/Comments (0)/

Fly-Fishing Clinics Start This Weekend at John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 3, 2011) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is once again offering anglers a unique opportunity to catch trout this winter without traveling to the mountains. The Commission, along with Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation, will conduct fly-fishing clinics at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center, located on Raeford Road. The clinics will begin at 9 a.m., with a one-hour overview on the sport of fly-fishing, followed by interactive classes and on-the-water instructions. Clinics will end at 3:30 p.m. Clinics and dates are: Three basic fly-fishing clinics on Jan. 8, 22 and Feb. 12 An advanced fly-fishing clinic on Feb. 26 Basic clinics are ideal for participants who have very limited to no experience with fly-fishing. Instructors will discuss and demonstrate the proper fly-fishing techniques, including casting, rigging and knot tying. The advanced clinic is for anglers who have previous fly-fishing experience and wil
Sunday, January 2, 2011/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9832)/Comments (0)/