From the majestic swoop of a bald eagle clutching a fish in its talons to the awe-inspiring Great Smoky Mountains, nature is amazing and inspirational. Nature can be devastating as well.   The last decade has been the warmest on record for North Carolina, with 2019 registering as the hottest year yet. We are still recovering…

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Southern flounder historically supported North Carolina’s most valuable inshore commercial finfish fishery and remains a highly sought after recreational species.  This species has been overfished since at least 1989, and efforts to rebuild this population through a North Carolina Fishery Management Plan (FMP) have been ongoing since 2003 with little success. A sustainable southern flounder…

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Whether it’s acorns filling the bellies of black bear, maple trees providing leaves for caterpillars to munch, or clumps of pine trees offering nesting for brown-headed nuthatches, trees are essential for wildlife. Trees also improve water and air quality, reduce pollution and help lower temperatures by providing shade. Trees make significant contributions to our communities…

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Efficiency and science-based management are critical aspects of any professional natural resource management program. North Carolina has two agencies with this responsibility, the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission (WRC) and Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF). While their missions are closely aligned, having two separate management entities creates duplication, ambiguity, redundancy and inefficiency.   Remaking the landscape…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation, in cooperation with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, is launching a habitat improvement program to help private landowners support wildlife on their property, including endangered species such as red wolves, while also meeting their land management goals The Prey for the Pack program is…

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With schools closed and group activities canceled, it is more important than ever to get outside. Time outdoors supports overall well-being for everyone, especially children! We challenge you to get outside with the kids in your life or engage in nature-based activities for at least 30 minutes a day . Take the Outside Every Day…

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The North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) is hailing a sweeping 75-23 U.S. Senate vote supporting historic bipartisan legislation for The Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation will permanently and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) and create a fund to address the maintenance backlog on public lands. “Whether you hunt, fish, hike,…

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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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Calling all amateur photographers! North Carolina Wildlife Federation invites you to submit entries for our Second Annual Wildlife Photography Contest from May 1st to July 31st. Submit your favorite NC photos to share with other North Carolinians and be one of the four winners of our second photography contest. Images should highlight the beauty of…

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