Category Archives: OUTDOORS

Kayak outing turns treacherous

Darnell Ferreira Man chronicles his heart-wrenching struggle to survive Hello. My name is Darnell Ferreira and well, this is my story. Some of my co-workers thought it would be a good idea to share it: PAMLICO COUNTY — It was Saturday March 25th, 2017, and a beautiful day to catch a river kayak ride prior to running/walking with my co-workers in the annual New Bern Easter Seals Glow Run. The Launch: I had plenty of food and water packed in my backpack, an extra cooler bag with ice packs, and my cell phone and crackers — and even more water in the watertight flotation storage bin aboard th…

How to fill a 29-slip marina basin in exactly nine minutes

CARTERET COUNTY – Big, tough, large, and unusual are the ways that Bobby Cahoon of Pamlico County-based Bobby Cahoon Marine Construction likes his jobs. The firm’s most recent assignment culminated Saturday afternoon during a ‘pull the plug’ ceremony at Bogue Watch, a new upscale residential community on the shoreline of Bogue Sound. The spectacle was equal parts entertainment – attracting a crowd of approximately 300 people – and carefully orchestrated excavation of a dirt ‘plug’ separating the community’s new marina from the vast waters of the picturesque sound…

Open letter to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Landowner says Red Wolf never roamed eastern North Carolina Click on image to enlarge By Jett Ferebee To: Ms. Sharneka Harvey U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA — The Endangered Species Act 10(J) rule specifically states that a nonessential experimental population of wolves may only be released within their historical range.  The attached Department of Interior map — commissioned by the DOI to determine the historical range of the red wolf for the species’ reintroduction program — clearly shows that the red wolf was never native to the State o…

Pests getting worse

Special to the County Compass The Asian Tiger Mosquito is one mean and nasty blood-sucking critter intent on destroying the outdoor experience! As detailed in a new National Wildlife Federation report, climate change is posing growing challenges to our outdoor experience, particularly in the southeast. Ticked Off: America’s Outdoor Experience and Climate Change analyzes the current science available on climate change and how warmer temperatures are giving a leg up to pests like ticks, mosquitoes, fire ants, jellyfish and poison ivy. Specific Pest Examples Deer Ticks: These carri…

Community Garden takes shape, thanks to hardworking teens!

By John McCormick | Special to the County Compass   AURORA—In our last article, we shared with you visuals of the garden ideas and programmatic plans for change. This week, we would like to share with you some details of our plan. Throughout these past two weeks, Teens Leading Change has met with community members, designers, and even farming and economic experts to get their feedback and advice on the build of the garden. Here are just a few of the activities we planned and accomplished in the efforts to build the Aurora/Richland Township Community Garden: Step #1: Get Feedback from Com…

Dead hogs likely threat to water quality

By Gray Jernigan and Larry Baldwin | Waterkeeper Alliance | Special to the County Compass All photos by Waterkeeper Alliance Dead hogs outside a swine facility in eastern North Carolina. Photo taken February 2014. EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA – In an open letter to Steve Troxler, Commissioner for the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, staffers with the Waterkeeper Alliance plead for remediation in the way hog carcasses are being disposed of in the wake of widespread Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea, commonly referred to as PED: Waterkeeper Alliance and the undersigned Waterkeeper Organi…

Youngster summons resources to aid injured bird

Vivian Reed, left, is seen here with friends Savannah Pittman and Caroline James, next to a cage where an injured purple martin received tender, loving care. By Vivian Reed, Age 12 | Special to the County Compass ORIENTAL — On Saturday, July 14, while visiting with my Grandparents in Oriental, I came upon an injured purple martin in our yard. Having cared for injured birds before, I knew to place the bird inside a box. After researching on how to care for a martin, my Dad cut air holes in the box while my Grandfather, an equine veterinarian, inspected the bird, finding a damaged wing. He also f…

Blind hiker completes trek

Park Superintendent Debo Cox greets blind hiker Trevor Thomas. (Photo credit Simon Lock) By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part report. JOCKEY’S RIDGE STATE PARK – On the afternoon of June 22, we — along with Trevor Thomas’ family, friends, and Park Superintendent Debo Cox — stood atop a dune, which marked the end of the Mountains to Sea Trail. We were awaiting the arrival of the blind hiker and his guide dog, Tennille, as the pair completed their most recent accomplishment. Shortly after his arrival to much applause and…

Blind hiker blazes trails

“I’ve got more miles on me than a lot of used cars,” says long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, in remarks to Compass reporter Penny Zibula. Guide dogs for Thomas and Zibula are also shown in the photo. By Penny Zibula | Staff Writer Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part report. CROATAN FOREST – Long-distance hiker, Trevor Thomas, and I sat across from each other under the trees at the Oyster Point Campground. With my voice recorder on the picnic table between us, this was a case of the blind interviewing the blind. Local newspapers and TV stations had taken the oppor…