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1 North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve A cooperative program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the NC Division of Coastal Management

2 What is an Estuary? Where land, rivers, the ocean and the atmosphere intersectWhere land, rivers, the ocean and the atmosphere intersect Brackish waterBrackish water 80% - 95% of commercial seafood species spend some part of its life cycle here80% - 95% of commercial seafood species spend some part of its life cycle here There are 2 million acres of estuaries in North CarolinaThere are 2 million acres of estuaries in North Carolina

3 What habitats are found in the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve?

4 Salt Marsh Salt Marsh Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora)Salt Marsh Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) Is the basis for the estuarine food webIs the basis for the estuarine food web

5 Mud Flat Changes with the tidesChanges with the tides Great habitat for snails and wormsGreat habitat for snails and worms Can be really salty from the evaporating salt waterCan be really salty from the evaporating salt water

6 Maritime Forest Unique natural areas that have a variety of different trees:Unique natural areas that have a variety of different trees: Live OakLive Oak Loblolly PineLoblolly Pine Southern and Red CedarsSouthern and Red Cedars Rapidly disappearing due to coastal developmentRapidly disappearing due to coastal development

7 What areas are protected within the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve?

8 North Carolina’s Division of Coastal Management The program includes the four NC National Estuarine Research Reserve sites:The program includes the four NC National Estuarine Research Reserve sites: –Currituck Banks –Rachel Carson –Masonboro Island –Zeke’s Island –Zeke’s Island And six NC Coastal Reserve Sites:And six NC Coastal Reserve Sites: –Kitty Hawk Woods –Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge –Buxton Woods –Permuda Island –Bald Head Woods –Bird Island

9 Bird Island CR

10 Currituck Banks 960 acres Currituck County

11 Kitty Hawk Woods 1,877 acres Dare County

12 Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge 26,000 acres Tyrrell County

13 Buxton Woods 970 acres Dare County

14 Rachel Carson 2,675 acres Carteret County

15 Permuda Island 50 acres Onslow County

16 Masonboro Island 5,097 acres New Hanover County

17 Zeke’s Island 1,165 acres New Hanover, Brunswick Counties

18 Bald Head Woods 174 acres Brunswick County

19 Bird Island 1,400 acres Brunswick

20 Enjoy! No fires or campingNo fires or camping Dogs must be on a leashDogs must be on a leash Enjoy swimming, hiking, bird watching, and shellingEnjoy swimming, hiking, bird watching, and shelling

21 Who manages the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve?

22 RESEARCH STAFF Dr. John Fear, Research Coordinator Jacquie Ott, GIS Coordinator Byron Toothman, Research Biologist Heather Wells, Research Biologist

23 PROGRAM MANAGER Rebecca Ellin EDUCATION STAFF Dr. Jill Fegley, Education Coordinator Lori Davis, Education Specialist Whitney Jenkins, Coastal Training Program Coordinator

24 SITE MANAGEMENT STAFF Paula Gillikin, Rachel Carson Site Manger Woody Webster, Buckridge Site Manager Hope Sutton, Southern Sites Manager Vacant, Northern Sites Manager

25 Support the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve! Join CERF – Carolina Estuarine Reserve Foundation!


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