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Birding in North Carolina

American Oystercatcher, Rachel Carson National Estuarine Reserve, Beaufort, NC

The pieces of geography enclosed within NC borders act like a crossroads for virtually all of Eastern North America's major eco-regions—perfect for assembling an impressively diverse list of bird species.

An Immersion Education of the Oil and Gas Industry


This year, instead of heading to east to the coast, or west to the Blue Ridge highway for my fall break, I flew to Houston to participate in the Hydrocarbons field trip led by Professor Lincoln Pratson. Instead of being surrounded by wilderness, I was deep within the concrete jungle and engineering marvel that is the oil and natural gas industry.

Adieu, Romaine


As Hydro-Quebec, the corporation behind Northern Pass, works to dam Quebec’s Romaine River, three kayakers paddle it for the last time in its natural state. The power in the water is evident; what’s not clear is how Quebec’s push for hydropower dominance makes economic, social or environmental sense.

Wreck Diving in Beaufort

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There was something enormous playing at the edge of my visibility. Suspended thirty feet below the surface of the sea, I tried to make out the unmoving shape below me. In the chilled, cloudy water, my gloved hand loosely gripped the anchor line of the Captain’s Lady, our dive boat for the day. My dive buddy and I slowly descended deeper towards our destination: the wreck of the W. E. Hutton.

Back to Belize: Red-footed Boobies

As the assignments pile up and deadlines appear on the not-so-distant horizon, I’ve caught myself da […]

Learning Something New: Fly-tying Classes


Erika learns the basics of fly-tying at her very first group lesson. The result? Two completed Woolly Buggers.

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