Publications Coastal Training Program resources Education resources Research publications & resources Management Plans Site Brochures Bald Head Woods Bird Island Emily & Richardson Preyer Buckridge Buxton Woods Currituck Banks Kitty Hawk Woods Masonboro Island Permuda Island Rachel Carson Zeke's Island Field guide Introduction Chapter 1: The North Carolina Coast Chapter 2: Sites of the Coastal Reserve Chapter 3: Habitats of the Estuarine Reserve Chapter 4: Flora and Fauna Tidal Flat Newsletter April 2019 December 2018 June 2018 February 2018 October 2017 May 2017 September 2016 May 2016 December 2015 June 2015 February 2015 Hot topics 2020 Group rolls out Marine Debris Action Plan (Coastal Review Online) New research focuses on seaweed’s impact on estuaries - 2020 Coastal Research Fellow Aaron Ramus (North Carolina Sea Grant) Researchers, officials, discuss runoff study (Coastal Review Online) Power partnership tackles debris (NERRA newsletter) 2019 Social science training comes to the Reserve State acquires 35 acres for Bird Island Coastal Reserve State acquires 2,224 acres for Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Coastal Reserve Grant recieved to purchase Meter Point track at Kitty Hawk Woods Reserve Masonboro Island Explorers enters its seventh year Update from the Friends of the Reserve. 2019 Coastal Research Fellow Announced: Sarah Donahaer Hurricane Florence update. New project tests alternative materials for living shorelines. A year in review: 2018 highights 2013-18 archive 2018 Articles Sign up for the 2018 Public Field Trips Coastal Training Program hosts Marine Planning Processes workshop Beaufort Elementary School creates signs for the Rachel Carson Reserve 2017 Articles Summer internships at the NC Coastal Reserve NOAA Tools Training hosted with NC Sentinel Site Cooperative Estuaries Week 2017: Estuaries Day Clebration at the Maritime Museum Salt marshes vs. sea level rise: learn more about the new marsh resilience to sea level rise created by NERR research scientists Tour the Pivers Island stormwater control measures 2016 Articles Removing Marine Debris with the Help of Drones Accomplishments from the Living Shoreline Strategy Duke Marine Lab Unoccupied Systems Facility teams up with East Carteret High School to study marine debris at the Rachel Carson Reserve Volunteers collected 260 pounds are marine debris from Permuda Island Reserve. Citizen scientists helped us document the number of diamondback terrapins at Masonboro Island Reserve. 2,040 acres will soon be added to Emily and Richardson Preyer Buckridge Reserve. 2016 Summer Science School in partnership with the N.C. Maritime Museum Red Knots & Horseshoe Crabs: A Relationship Thousands of Years in the Making 2015 Articles The rare crystal skipper butterfly has been given an official scientific name - Atrytonopsis quinteri The new stormwater project on Pivers Island will improve water quality in surrounding waters. Learn about the 2015 sea turtle monitoring season at Masonboro island Reserve Just how successful are staff at delivering top-notch programs and presentations? Find out here. 2015 YAIO Interns Shine this Summer. Find out what they've been up to. Reserve holds TOTE workshop for N.C. Teachers Learn about protecting the wild horses at the Rachel Carson Reserve. How are Reserve staff working to improve the health of pollinator populations? How can you be a Responsible User of Reserve sites? Learn about the inaugural Wild Horse Day! The Terrapin Tally Program is designed to establish baseline data about terrapins at Masonboro Island Reserve! Realtors SOLD on barrier islands workshop! Learn about the benefits of estuaries! UNC-TV's NC Science Now featured a segment on tidal creeks and water quality monitoring around Masonboro Island Reserve. Read about the Reserve's role in measuring water quality in tidal creeks. The Reserve had a busy 2014. Here's what we accomplished! 2014 Articles End of nesting season updates from Masonboro Island Reserve Catching up with our 2014 Coastal Research Fellows Harvest moon lights the way for Masonboro Island Reserve Paddlers Resource management and environmental education professionals attend a technology workshop offered by the Coastal Training Program Another successful field trip season at the Rachel Carson Reserve Comes to a Close Graduate Research Fellows reflect on their experience Working with the Reserve Pivers Island Partners Team Up for Invasive Species Detection Project ECU Grad Students contribute to natural history records at Reserve Coastal Conservation Fellows pledge to protect estuaries Volunteers make a difference at the Rachel Carson Reserve: highlights from two summer projects. How can you help protect beach nesting shorebirds this summer? Collaborative effort to plant marsh grass at living shoreline demonstration site at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Volunteers participate in a training day to lead summer public field trips at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Newport Elementary School students explore habitats at the Rachel Carson Reserve. The Rachel Carson Reserve is featured in Time Warner Cable News' "Around Carolina" segment. Central Sites Manager Paula Gillikin wins DENR Sustainability Award. The cast of the educational children's TV show Aqua Kids joined Education Coordinator Lori Davis at the Rachel Carson Reserve. The Coastal Training Program hosted a N.C. Clean Marina workshop to educate marina operators about techniques to improve environmental stewardship and safety. The Reserve celebrated many accomplishments in 2013. Learn more about our annual progress here. 2013 Articles Rachel Carson Reserve volunteers participate in the annual Christmas Bird Count. Coastal Training Program workshop highlights benefits of Low Impact Development to realtors and land-use planners. National Estuaries Day 2013 educates public about the value of estuarine ecosystems. Infographic on marine debris at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Local students from Beaufort N.C. explore the Rachel Carson Reserve! Workshop focusing on estuarine shoreline stabilization trains realtors & land-use planners. Congratulations to N.C. Coastal Reserve Education Coordinator Lori Davis, who was named the 2013 N.C. Environmental Educator of the Year! Homeschool students learn about estuaries at the N.C. Aquarium! Invasive species are the focus of the N.C. Coastal Reserve's newest technical paper. Duke Marine Lab students learn about coastal birds at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Marsh Monitoring is an important part of the N.C. Coastal Reserve's research program. It is officially turtle time at Masonboro Island Reserve! The Rachel Carson Reserve has a new resource for bird enthusiasts: the 2013 Bird Checklist! Seabirds and citizen science combine for the SEANET monitoring program at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Researchers use an innovate method to collect data for Digital Elevation Modeling of estuarine shorelines. Educational programs on Wrightsville Beach take a closer look at "Residents of the Reserve!" The 2013 Coastal Conservation Fellows learn about regional conservation challenges involving rare butterflies and wild horses. Water quality monitoring is an important part of the research program at the N.C. Coastal Reserve. What creatures call the N.C. Coastal Reserve home? Seashore Life campers learned all about coastal critters at the Rachel Carson Reserve. Learn more about Submerged Aquatic Vegetation and its role in providing underwater habitat, protecting against coastal erosion, and improving water quality. Camp Sunshine has a sunny day at the N.C. Coastal Reserve. Volunteers help keep the N.C. Coastal Reserve trash-free! Preschool Storytime teaches youngsters all about hermit crabs! Volunteers help monitor visitor use & impacts at two Reserve locations. Learn more about surfing, camping, sea turtles at Masonboro Island Reserve! Learn more about Oystercatcher monitoring efforts and view photos of a recent survey. Discover what students from Charlotte, N.C. learned on during their field trip to the Rachel Carson Reserve and view photos from their adventure! Curious about horses? Read some Frequently Asked Questions and the Protecting Wild Horses and Public Safety Tip and Fact Sheet.