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Opinion: Regulatory reform bill is a goodie bag
8/29/14 9:53 AMYou've probably seen them on your way to the beach: the marshy bogs, micro-ecosystems for frogs, snakes and native coastal fauna, hidden behind the interstate tree line.
Editorial: Buxton restoration too ambitious or not enough?
8/29/14 9:52 AMProperty owners in north Buxton have been very vocal since Hurricane Irene two years ago about the desperate need for beach nourishment in the area.
NASA scientist tracking climate change from orbit
8/29/14 9:12 AMThe space toy currently propelling Miguel Román's career doesn't sound like a partner in cutting-edge research on how humans are interacting with Earth to cause global warming: the Visible Infrared Imager Radio-meter Suite, a camera of sorts sitting on a satellite orbiting 511 miles above the planet.
Editorial: The cold calculus of global warming
8/28/14 11:04 AMGlobal warming worries the military, governments, insurance companies, builders, farmers, urban planners, doctors, road engineers and climatologists.
Editorial: Coast's wild horse herd deserves protection
8/27/14 9:16 AMAs coastal wild horses live their untamed lives, they face challenges to their very existence. It’s time for our lawmakers to take action to preserve these natural wonders.
Va. Governor asks state agencies to cut 5% from budget
8/27/14 9:16 AMRICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Governor Terry McAuliffe is asking state agencies to cut five-percent this fiscal year, then seven percent the following year. It's all to make up for a $880 million shortfall.
Popular Hatteras fishing spot reopens to beach driving
8/27/14 9:16 AMThe National Park Service has reopened driving access to the fishing spot at Cape Point.
McAuliffe touts Va. ag resource management program
8/26/14 9:14 AMVirginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Monday joined Virginia agricultural and conservation leaders in endorsing and promoting the state’s new agricultural Resource Management Plan (RMP) program.
Tropical storm moving north, expected to miss the coast
8/26/14 9:13 AMMOREHEAD CITY —Tropical Storm Cristobal is strengthening a bit as it approaches the Atlantic coast, but fortunately it isn’t expected to make landfall.
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APNEP joins iNaturalist
By Marie English, Education and Outreach Assistant, Americorps Member
Now that spring is finally here and talk around the water cooler is abuzz with plans for outdoor adventures and exploration, APNEP is excited to announce the launching of its first iNaturalist (iNat) project. iNat is a website and optional application used to capture and record observations or species sightings in nature. The goal of APNEP’s project page is to collect observations of plants and animals found in the Albemarle-Pamlico Estuarine Region. APNEP needs the involvement of citizen scientists on iNat to make this project successful. When iNat members share their perfectly-captured nature photos, they are helping to record N.C.’s natural resources and fill gaps in species data collection.
What is iNaturalist?
Anyone can become a naturalist with iNat! With an easy-to-use website and smartphone app, iNaturalist has become one of the most advanced forms of citizen science. It brings together all types of nature enthusiasts including scientists, hikers, photographers, birders, kayakers, fishermen, students, and many more. iNat is a place where users can record what they see in nature, meet other nature lovers, and learn about the natural world. Users record the “when", “what”, and “where” of the species they encounter while exploring the natural world. If enough people record their observations, it would be akin to a living record of life on Earth that scientists and land managers could use to monitor changes in biodiversity over time.