Diamondback Terrapin Turtles

Diamondback Terrapin turtle populations on North Carolina’s coast have declined considerably due to blue crab pot by-catch mortality and other habitat-related issues, despite 22-plus years of deliberations between the North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission (NCMFC) and North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF). The conservation of this public trust resource has never been taken seriously.…

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Applications for NCWF scholarships are currently being accepted from full-time students who are committed to environmental and natural resource conservation and management. Students must be majoring in the areas of wildlife, fisheries, forestry, conservation or the environment. For more than 50 years, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has offered scholarship grants to help hundreds of North…

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Fred Harris

Fred Harris joined the North Carolina Wildlife Federation in 2011 as a natural resources specialist, following a notable 36-year career with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  He began his tenure at the commission as a fishery biologist, later working his way up to chief and then deputy director of the agency.  He was president of…

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Family Fun Guide

Nature can heal, soothe, restore and connect us to the Earth, each other and our communities. Nature also improves our mood and calms overactive minds. “Look deep into nature,” Albert Einstein said, “and then you will understand everything better.”  During the Coronavirus pandemic and unprecedented shift in our daily lives, many of us have some…

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Young animals in the spring time.

Spring has sprung, which means the days are longer and everything is blooming. Birds are singing, buds are bursting, leaves are unfolding, bees and butterflies are pollinating and many wildlife species are busy tending to their newly-born offspring. In the coming days and weeks, you may notice young animals who seem to be alone or…

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Ladies Kayaking on publics waters

In this National Wildlife Federation guest blog, NCWF CEO Tim Gestwicki writes about the importance of permanent funding for public lands, and the outdoorsmen and women who make it their mission to leave public lands in better condition than when they found them. The foot soldiers of the conservation movement in North Carolina — and…

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Our Impact Trees Planted 1,600 Pounds of Trash Collected 15,000 Pollinator Plants 400 We’ve all seen online videos showing heroic people saving wildlife from being entangled, impaled, and strangled by plastic bags, six-pack rings, straws, and other trash. We’ve watched our streams and creeks collect debris and become coffee-like, thick from development runoff. And we’ve…

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How can you avoid that familiar, unpleasant sound of a bird accidentally crashing into your window or sliding glass door? American Birds Conservancy estimates that window/door collisions kill more than 365 million birds annually in the United States. Here are a few simple changes that you can make in your own home to help the…

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Wildlife Federation will offer eight free deer hunting and processing seminars in Raleigh and Fayetteville in September and October. The “Introduction to Deer Hunting” and the “Practical Deer Processing: From Field to Freezer” seminars are intended for individuals who have never hunted or are new to hunting.…

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