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Commission, Partners Opening Eagle Observation Platform

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 7, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is partnering with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the New Hope Audubon Society to open a wildlife observation platform – where viewers can spot eagles, ducks and other wildlife – at Jordan Lake. The Commission and its partners will celebrate the opening with a ceremony starting at 1:30 p.m. April 18 at the site, off Martha’s Chapel Road in Chatham County. After that, it will be open to the public for wildlife viewing. The event will feature a nature hike to the platform, which overlooks the lake. A wetland area – prime habitat for salamanders and frogs – is nearby. Spotting scopes will be set up to view eagles and other birds, and participants can see songbirds, salamanders and native plants during the brief hike from the parking lot to the viewing platform. Representatives from the Commission, New Hope Audubon Society and Army Corps of Engi
Tuesday, April 6, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (12366)/Comments (0)/
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Registration Now Open for Fly-Fishing Weekend for Women

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 23, 2010) – The Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will offer a special introduction to fly-fishing in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains this spring.  “The Fly-Fishing Weekend” is scheduled for April 9-11 at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education and Davidson River Campground in Transylvania County. Registration is open on a first come, first serve basis for women 18 and older. A one-time fee of $125 covers instruction, equipment, most meals and camping accommodations. Participants will learn the basics of fly-fishing from experienced anglers, including equipment needs, knots, fly-tying, casting and aquatic entomology. Then, those skills will be put to use fishing the blue ribbon trout waters of the Davidson River in a private session for participants. Contact BB Gillen at (919) 218-3638 or bb.gillen@ncwildlife.org for more information or to register. .....................
Monday, February 22, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9694)/Comments (0)/
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N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Honored with Partner of the Year Award

WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission received the “Big Creek Award for Partner of the Year” from the Haywood Waterways Association during the association’s annual membership meeting in December. Steve Fraley and Scott Loftis, Division of Inland Fisheries staff, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission. The agency was recognized for its efforts in protecting water quality and aquatic animals throughout the state, but particularly in Haywood County. A few examples of the Commission’s efforts in western North Carolina include: Participating in the Maggie Valley Trout Festival and the “Kids in the Creek” program, an annual field trip for 8th grade students in Haywood County that provides opportunities for participants to collect and identify aquatic insects and fish, conduct water quality tests and learn more about stream ecology and the effects of water pollution; Ass
Monday, February 8, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (10756)/Comments (0)/
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N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Unveiled at East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 9, 2010) – “Carolina Snow Geese” by Minnesota native Scot Storm was selected as the 2010 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print. The acrylic portrait, which depicts snow geese flying into a corn field, was unveiled at the 15th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships at the Washington Civic Center in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception on Friday. Representing the Wildlife Resources Commission at the unveiling were Director Gordon Myers; Wildlife Commissioners Wes Seegars, Durwood Laughinghouse and Mitch St. Clair; and former Wildlife Commissioner and N.C. Representative Arthur Williams. The unveiling of “Carolina Snow Geese” marks Storm’s second honor as artist for the state’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print, also known as the duck stamp. His painting, “Surf Scoters over the Atlantic” wa
Monday, February 8, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (11780)/Comments (0)/
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Wildlife Commission Raises Awareness of Prescribed Burn

RALEIGH, N.C. (Feb. 8, 2010) – The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is helping to raise awareness of the benefits of fire to wildlife and plants during Prescribed Fire Awareness Week. Agency representatives are participating in several educational events, including a seminar at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education, titled “Fire on the Mountain.” Governor Beverly Perdue has declared February 7 to 13 Prescribed Fire Awareness Week, the first state-wide recognition of prescribed fire in North Carolina. “Prescribed fire is an important tool for forestry and wildlife habitat management,” said N.C. Prescribed Fire Council Chairman Dean Simon, a wildlife forester with the Commission.  “Many plants and animals need prescribed fire to survive and thrive. Prescribed burns also reduce the threat of large, dangerous wildfires by reducing fuels. The governor’s proclamation underlines the importance of prescri
Sunday, February 7, 2010/Author: Gayle Myers/Number of views (9795)/Comments (0)/
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