Conservation

Conservation of our oceans, ecology and natural resources including organizations like Sea Shepherd, Sea Turtle Hospitals and especially the nature conservation efforts along the beach regions of the Carolinas.

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

NC Aquarium Earth Day Party for the Planet

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC April 14, 2014 – The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores offers a personal touch to make the conservation connection at the annual Crystal Coast Earth Day Festival this Saturday. The Aquarium’s traveling touch tanks put live animals such as sea stars and horseshoe crabs at your fingertips during the event, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Fort Macon State Park visitor center. Also enjoy live music by Gumbo Lily and fun, hands-on activities for children. More than 20 organizations annually join together for the observance, which is free. The Aquarium continues its celebration with a week-long Party for the Planet through April 26, emphasizing green places and spaces. Look for helpful displays among the […]

Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR) Shames Themselves in Defiance of World Court Ruling

The ICR Today Filed Court Briefs Stating They Intend to Return to Antarctica to Hunt Whales in 2015-2016; Will Seek to Enjoin Other Sea Shepherd Entities from Obstructing Their Operations Friday Harbor, WA April 12, 2014 – In a blatant show of defiance of the recent landmark ruling in The Hague by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Japan’s Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR) has today filed court briefs stating they intend to return to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean for the 2015-2016 season with a newly designed “research” program and will seek a permanent injunction against Sea Shepherd USA — despite the fact the USA entity is no longer operating in the Southern Ocean — and will also […]

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A New Chapter in Whale Conservation?

A New Chapter in Whale Conservation?

Commentary by Captain Alex Cornelissen, Sea Shepherd Global Executive Director Friday Harbor, WA April 4, 2014 – After Monday’s historic outcome at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague, we are slowly starting to realize the consequences of the court’s decision. The court has ruled that the so-called scientific research whaling program of Japan is in reality nothing of the sort and that it has to be stopped immediately with no new permits to be given. Japan has stated that they will abide by the court’s decision. Of course, Sea Shepherd is very pleased with the ruling by the International Court. This could very well mean that Sea Shepherd Australia won’t have to sail to the Southern Ocean […]

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Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Palace Offers Weekend of Free Gardens, Heritage Plant Sale, and Pottery Fest

Garden Lovers Weekend Spans April 11-13 NEW BERN, NC March 5, 2014 – Tryon Palace brings spring into full bloom with Garden Lovers Weekend, held April 11-13. Free garden admission will be offered all weekend, while the Heritage Plant Sale is limited to April 11-12, and the 6th annual East Carolina Pottery Festival will only be held on April 12. Enjoy more than 14 acres of Tryon Palace gardens for free during Garden Lovers Weekend. Visitors will see the splendor of tulips and spring blooms across the Palace gardens, which include the Kitchen Garden and the Latham Memorial Garden. All gardens will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and from noon to 6 p.m. […]

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

Jim Hunt Takes the Stage, 1976

RALEIGH, NC April 5, 2014 – On April 5, 1976, James Baxter Hunt Jr. announced his intention to run for governor of North Carolina. With 65 percent of the vote, Hunt handily won the election in 1976. He served as governor for a record-breaking sixteen years—with an eight-year break in between two sets of consecutive four-year terms. During Hunt’s administration, North Carolina became a model of educational reform and the growth of technology. He set higher standards for teachers and students and sought to raise teacher salaries. A signature part of Hunt’s agenda was helping young children grow and develop. To that end, he advocated for the establishment of the Division of Child Development and created the non-profit SmartStart to […]

Internship Opportunity at Museum of the Cape Fear Complex

Internship Opportunity at Museum of the Cape Fear Complex

FAYETTEVILLE, NC March 3, 2014 – The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is seeking two interns to volunteer with 1897 Poe House tours and other duties at the complex this summer. The selected interns will provide guided tours of the 1897 Poe House for walk in visitors during the week. Tours are offered at 11:00, 1:00, and 3:00 Tuesday through Friday. Between tours, the intern would assist the Education Staff with various projects related to special events, publicity, and educational activities for all age groups. “This is a great opportunity for students contemplating careers in the museum or history fields to get some hands on practice and understanding of the museum environment.  Volunteer internships look fantastic on college […]

GrindStop 2014 Update

GrindStop 2014 Update

Friday Harbor, WA April 3, 2014 – Sea Shepherd recently completed a scouting tour of the Faroe Islands. Four members of the Operation GrindStop 2014 team spent several days visiting the killing beaches and testing new tools and devices. We are getting ready for the presence of hundreds of onshore and at sea volunteers who will be standing guard at the beaches for over four months in order to sound the alarm, interfere, and document should a Grind be attempted there. Sea Shepherd crew met with the Chief of Police and several members of the Faroese police force. We had a cordial conversation during which the police provided us with information about the laws and regulations to observe while protecting […]

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Earth Fair OBX III

Earth Fair OBX III

ROANOKE ISLAND, NC April 2, 2014 – Celebrate this year’s Earth Day at the third annual OBX Earth Fair Saturday, April 26, at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, 850 NC 345, in Wanchese. A number of local organizations team up to provide an afternoon of family fun, featuring lots of  hands-on activities throughout the facility and on surrounding grounds. The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island brings Enviroscape, an interactive model for demonstrating how water can become polluted when it travels over land, streets, yards and through storm drains. The model also points out how our personal actions can affect the health of our oceans, sounds and waterways. Earth Day features an ongoing speaker series by local professionals and a […]

NC Aquarium cake competition sweetens Earth Day celebration

NC Aquarium cake competition sweetens Earth Day celebration

PINE KNOLL SHORES, NC March 31, 2014 – The Cakes for Conservation competition April 22 adds a sweet touch to the annual Earth Day Party for the Planet at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Bakers ages 5 and up are invited to express their philosophies in frosting and compete for cash prizes with confections that depict “Backyard Buddies” – amphibians, birds, snakes, turtles, insects and plants you might see from your deck or in your garden. There is no entry fee. Judges will be looking for creativity, taste, portrayal of the theme and use of local, organic and sustainable ingredients. Cash prizes to be awarded include $100 to the winner in the professional category; $50 for the […]

The Whales Have Won! — ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’

The Whales Have Won! — ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’

Sea Shepherd Applauds the World Court for Protecting the Whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary Williamstown, Victoria March 31, 2014 – In a stunning victory for the whales, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked. The news was applauded and celebrated by Sea Shepherd Conservation Society USA and Sea Shepherd Australia, both of which have directly intervened against Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean. Representing Sea Shepherd in the courtroom to hear the historic verdict were Captain Alex […]

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