Category Archives: NATURE

Reporter takes historic ‘shelling’ trip

Jeanne says her primary responsibility will be ‘shelling’ but she also promises to file regular reports for this newspaper. By Jeanne Robertson Editor’s note: A native of Williamston, Jeanne Robertson has been visiting remote Portsmouth Island for more the 40 years. This year is special – it marks the 50th Portsmouth Village Homecoming. We hope to feature a series of articles as Robertson explores what she considers to be her second home. CAPE LOOKOUT NATIONAL SEASHORE — Well, to get to Portsmouth Island, I meet the maintenance person at Lola Landing, which is a small ramp no…

‘Stay of execution’ urged for massive tree

The massive Willow Oak looms over Allen Propst Wednesday morning at Lou Mac Park. By Allen Propst ORIENTAL — I learned last Thursday that the landmark Willow Oak in Lou Mac Park is slated for removal on February 10, 2016. This was very disturbing news for myself and just about everyone that I have spoken with in and around Oriental. The specific reason given for the removal of the tree is that the trunk integrity has diminished to the point where it could be a hazard to individuals walking near this tree. The Oriental Tree Board has been monitoring this tree for years and the formula for re…

EGG NEWS

Hen lays a big one in Olympia! But which one ‘dun it?’ With 44 hens and a rooster or two, Olympia resident Ron Casey enjoys his new avocation. He is clearly proud of his flock, but has no idea which chicken should get the credit. “My chickens like to lay their eggs where there are some already laying in the box,” he explained during a recent interview. . “Some of the old-timers around here call all of the squawking and carrying-on, the chickens’ ‘egg-laying song.’ Well, we definitely heard a loud squawk last week, but I can’t tell you which one did it.” Casey, seen above at his gra…

Duck’s eye view: Impoundments look great!

On the ground: Residents have a different perspective Ducks have been flying over Goose Creek Island even before 1750. Ouch! Many on the Island, think the corner of this new duck impoundment seems a bit too close to an existing home. GOOSE CREEK ISLAND – From the air, this remote northeast corner of Pamlico County looks like an ideal stopping spot for migratory waterfowl cruising the Atlantic Flyway, especially so in recent years with an unprecedented proliferation of man-made duck impoundments. However, down on the ground, these shallow, flooded feeding grounds – designed to attract…

When in doubt, order a report

In a 5 to 1 decision, commissioners waffle. Only Heath votes to sue re Atlas Tract BAYBORO – Elected officials declined Monday night to support a pending lawsuit, which is expected to allege that Spring Creek Farms, an Illinois-based entity, violated the nation’s Clean Water Act by converting wetlands to agricultural use. Instead, the board endorsed a motion made by Commissioner Ann Holton, suggesting the two sides should confer in an attempt to reach a compromise. Holton, supported by Commissioners Christine Mele, Pat Prescott, Carl Ollison, and board chairman Paul Delamar III, as…

Coyote-wolf ‘hybrid’ trapped, killed in Arapahoe

Expert says five-county effort to introduce red wolves has gone awry By Fred Bonner | Special to the County Compass Editor’s note: Fred Bonner is a respected wildlife biologist, avid hunter, and outdoors columnist, who has first-hand knowledge of the state’s Red Wolf Program, which began in 1987. ARAPAHOE — I’d like to state, upfront, that I’m not opposed to all wolves. They have a definite place in the environment and, in many cases, are vital to the predator/prey relationship in some ecosystems. I testified on the behalf of the gray wolf in Congressional O…
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