Hungry Osprey in North Carolina

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While on our beach vacation in the Outer Banks of North Carolina in early April I took full advantage of our location just off the beach. In the afternoon the sun was at my back and the birds on the beach and over the water were perfectly illuminated for some nice digiscoping opportunities. Terns, gulls, pelicans, gannets, and ducks all made their way past and all were digiscoped to within an inch of their lives. But none were quite as fun to shoot as Osprey.

Birding and Butterflying North Carolina Gamelands

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Still, we are in the midst of spring migration here in North Carolina, and I wasn’t going to let a little cold stop me from seeing some birds. Exploring North Carolina gamelands. Trips butterflies migration North Carolina prairie warbler I don’t know if you have ever tried to bird with a cold, but it’s not easy. All your senses are dulled, which makes finding one of those fast-flitting warblers or other songbirds especially difficult.


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What is the State Bird of North Carolina?

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Perhaps it was their flashy color or the males’ tall crest that attracted the legislature to the bird, because in 1943 the Northern Cardinal became the official state bird of North Carolina. In addition to North Carolina, six other states have named the cardinal their state bird, including Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia, West Virginia, and Ohio. Birds cardinal North Carolina northern cardinal state bird

Birding from New York to North Carolina

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This year, traveling in April instead of February, we decided to do a road trip to the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We broke the drive down into two segments: from New York to Delaware on 31 March and from Delaware to North Carolina on 1 April. Almost as cool for this New Yorker were the Carolina Chickadees and Brown-headed Nuthatches. And feel free to leave additional recommendations for good birding stops on the drive between New York and North Carolina.

North Carolina is becoming a banana republic

Environmental Economics

North Carolina is not a banana republic,” Democratic Sen. Not that I think a renewable portfolio standard is the best way of encouraging renewable energy, but I can be almost certain that this isn't the best way to run state government: Over objections of Democratic lawmakers, a Senate committee approved legislation Wednesday to end the state’s 6-year-old renewable energy program. Opponents of the bill loudly voted “No!”

Fiddling while North Carolina burns?

Environmental Economics

From the Under the Dome blog: The N.C. Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council – sounds like a good idea, right? Created two years ago as part of the state agriculture department, the 26-member council represents a wide variety of interests coming together to promote a market for locally grown food. But not so fast. That word “sustainable” has become an obscenity to Tea Partiers and others who say it’s part of a United Nations, one-world conspiracy. It stems from a 1992 U.N.

North Carolina puts it head in the sand

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North Carolina has had to deal with shortfalls before, but rarely one of this type.   The Republican mantra in North Carolina has been that tax cuts that benefit mostly the wealthy and corporations will make the state more competitive. North Carolina is one of only seven states where revenues are growing slower than expected, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The North Carolina unemployment insurance field experiment is over

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And preliminary results are in: last July, North Carolina sharply cut its unemployment program, reducing the maximum number of weeks of benefits to 20 from 73 and reducing the maximum weekly benefit as well. The rest of the country is now following North Carolina’s lead. It is still early, but the results in North Carolina suggest that there are both gains and losses from cutting back on support for the jobless.

More on sea-level rise politics in North Carolina

Environmental Economics

From a 2012 N&O article about the "North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study": John Dorman of the N.C. The North Carolina Sea Level Rise Risk Management Study seeks to establish a comprehensive framework to directly translate the projected consequences into adaptation policy, with full realization of the potential long-term benefits.

North Carolina Bans Plastic Bottles

Green Earth Journey

That is right starting today if you live in North Carolina, you are no longer aloud to throw that empty plastic bottle into your garbage can. Im not entirely sure how North Carolina thinks this is going to work, maybe by passing it as an official law they think to scare some people into recycling? From the garbage that is. The law states that you are required to recycle it.

"Utility Cited for Violating Pollution Law in North Carolina"

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Forgive my lack of chronological consistency while I try to clean up my inbox: North Carolina regulators said Monday that five power plants owned by Duke Energy have been cited for violating water pollution laws, three days after announcing a similar action against Duke’s plant in Eden, N.C., This is an old one (March 3).

2.4 magnitude earthquake near Boone, North Carolina, United States and Columbus, Ohio, United States : August 24, 2014 23:16

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USGS page: M 2.4 - 4km NE of Blowing Rock, North Carolina. Natural hazards: UTC time: Sunday, August 24, 2014 23:16 PM. Your time: Sunday, August 24 2014 7:16 PM. No tsunami statement issued. Magnitude Type: md. USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist. Reports from the public: 17 people. via No one in my family believed me

Celebrating Solar Power in North Carolina

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With all the controversial climate and clean energy legislation in North Carolina in the past year, one might be surprised to hear that the state ranks fifth in the U.S. North Carolina is truly leading the way in the South when it comes to solar power, and so we were thrilled when the North Carolina Sierra Club was invited to celebrate with North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory earlier this month when he declared June "Solar Energy Month."

A North Carolina Coastal Resources Commission Economic Committee (CRC-EC)

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I vote yes: In addition to a new nomination process, the CRC unanimously adopted a draft charge for the science panel. The panel is responsible for providing scientific reports and conducting scientific studies for the CRC. However, after the panel released a study that estimated the future impact of sea level rise drew public criticism, suggestions were made at several public meetings that more factors – such as financial and social ones – needed to be considered in science panel studies.

The "beautiful North Carolina sun" is the most awesome sun in the world

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Ignoring the coal ash pond spill , two things struck me: North Carolina Gov. Both shows also spoke to the governor about the two winter storms that battered North Carolina over the past two weeks. McCrory pointed out the beautiful North Carolina sun was out and the weather was going to warm this week.

Yet Another Coal Ash Spill: This Time in North Carolina

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The site of the Dan River spill in North Carolina. On Sunday, a stormwater pipe burst underneath an unlined pit storing wet coal ash at a retired Duke Energy coal plant in Eden, North Carolina, spilling up to 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of wastewater into the Dan River , six miles upstream from a drinking water source. Sierra Club in North Carolina is responding to this coal ash spill with a coalition of groups.

No wonder I got the f@$% out of North Carolina

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What the @#$%, Ohio? You swear more than Illinois? More than New Jersey?  More than New freakin’ York?! That’s the finding of the Seattle-based Marchex Institute, and if you don’t like it, you probably shouldn’t tell researchers where to stick it. They already think the Buckeye State has the tact of a drunken fool.

Top 10 Reasons to Ride in Western North Carolina


If you are looking, we have a suggestion for you: Asheville and Western North Carolina in the southeast United States. Why should you come to the mountains of Western North Carolina and Asheville? Known as “The Good Roads State”, North Carolina has some of the best riding roads in the United States. A number of American professional road racers call Western North Carolina home, and for good reason.

Gardens are helping North Carolina Cherokee build better, healthier families

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by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, now numbering about 15,000, has made its home in the North Carolina mountains for more than 11,000 years. And during that time, their tribal culture has centered on the Earth, especially agriculture. Cultivating plants to produce food has been a mainstay of Cherokee existence. Recently, along with the rest of society, the Cherokee people have suffered from the excesses of modern living.

This is one of those times I am glad I left the University of North Carolina System (Sorry John)

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[East Carolina University*]'s chancellor, who is stepping down next summer, just got a 19% pay raise. The UNC Board of Governors gave Steve Ballard, and several other chancellors, pay raises in a controversial move on Friday. The board took the vote behind closed doors and only made the pay raises public today. Ballard's salary went from $322,560 to $385,000. That increase is retroactive to July 1st.

Kellie Pickler Says Vegetarians Are ‘Aliens’ in North Carolina


Read More The post Kellie Pickler Says Vegetarians Are ‘Aliens’ in North Carolina appeared first on Ecorazzi. American country music artist, Kellie Pickler, cooked up a vegetarian storm on ABC-TV’s “The Chew,” before her performance in Las Vegas later this week. Eats News Top News Vegetarian kellie pickler

North Carolina spending a lot to pave its last dirt roads - Local/State -

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Jim Martin, to improve and pave every state-maintained dirt and gravel road in North Carolina. They are working in the most rural and least populated spots, such as Mark Teague Road, and in hard-to-pave, mountainous terrain in the west, such as at Lower North Fork Road in Jackson County near the Tennessee border.

North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators | Mother Jones

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North Carolina Moves to Toss Out Regulators. 8, 2013 12:29 PM PST Tweet LesPalenik /Shutterstock The North Carolina state senate has approved a bill to fire all the members of the states regulatory bodies, including all the members of the Utilities Commission, the Coastal Resources Commission, the Environmental Management Commission, and the Wildlife Resources Commission. North Carolina is among the states that are already seeing effects from sea level rise.

Estimating the cost per job created or saved from the ARRA stimulus in North Carolina

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billion in federal stimulus money being spent in North Carolina. There are no precise numbers on how many jobs were created or preserved in North Carolina by the stimulus package. The state recovery office has tracked the effects of stimulus spending in North Carolina for the past two years. The stimulus office estimates 9,600 North Carolina jobs were saved and another 4,600 were created through such programs.

Durham, North Carolina is getting its own Vegan Cookoff


North Carolina is looking more beautiful by the day. Now, North Carolina is making news again, as fifteen restaurants in Durham are facing off in the Bull City Vegan Chef Challenge. The Triangle region, a cluster of cities including the capital, Raleigh, and Durham, Cary, and Chapel Hill, has made news recently for their grassroots campaigns such as the Vegan Chalk Challenge and the presence of a vegan contingent at the Moral March on Raleigh.

Dang, I thought North Carolina was one of the top higher ed budget cutting states

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Mark Thoma: More. via I guess UNC system faculty that threaten to leave when they don't get raises, labs and travel don't have many places to go

A Recreation Demand Model of the North Carolina For-Hire Fishery: A Comparison of Primary and Secondary Purpose Anglers

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Abstract:  In this paper we measure the recreational economic benefits of the for-hire recreational fishery in the coastal region of North Carolina. John C. Whitehead ,  Christopher F. Dumas ,  Craig E. Landry  and  Jim Herstine. No 13-21,  Working Papers  from  Department of Economics, Appalachian State University.

A Wind Farm For North Carolina

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With energy prices rising and increasing emphasis placed on finding renewable alternatives to the fossil fuels that power the multitudes of cars behind every garage door in America, the whispers of a wind farm coming to the Northeastern coast of North Carolina are being greeted with applause from landowners. That’s why locations like Pasquotank County and Perquimans County in North Carolina are becoming prime real estate for wind energy investors like Atlantic Wind LLC.

The North Carolina Republican Primary: No Matter Who Wins, We All Lose

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Not so much, in North Carolina. North Carolina is home to a Republican U.S. One local paper said “few places in the United States stand to be more transformed” by climate disruption than North Carolina. It’s a bad situation for any Republican voter in North Carolina who actually wants to protect their home or business from extreme weather fuelled by the climate crisis.

My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are.

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Blog powered by TypePad Member since 05/2005 « Price volatility and excess capacity in oil markets | Main | Daily demand and supply » March 10, 2011 My guess is that the benefits of seawalls in North Carolina are regressive What do you think?

North Carolina: They Gave Us Extremism, We Gave them a Movement

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  During the longest legislative session in memory,  North Carolinians began demonstrating as our state’s General Assembly voted to reject federal Medicaid funding for those most in need. In response, tens of thousands of North Carolinians have come together for Moral Mondays over the past 13 weeks in Raleigh, outside of the State House. Thank you North Carolina legislature.   Mountain Moral Monday in Asheville.

Bigfoot Found In North Carolina? Video To Prove It!


A North Carolina man, Thomas Byers, seems to think he spotted the hairy creature on a home video filmed in Rutherford County on Tuesday. Bigfoot, is that you?!

Fourth Grade Class in North Carolina Goes Solar

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Earlier this spring you may have read about a fourth grade class in Durham, North Carolina, that had its own Kickstarter campaign so they could make their classroom solar-powered. Well they met their goal, and now the Department of Energy has a fantastic video of how the class did it, and they caught the moment they turned the light on for the first time since becoming solar-powered.

For those in the northeast, I would suggest moving to North Carolina where sea level rises of this magnitude will soon be against the law.

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Sea levels on the East Coast are rising three to four times faster than the global average, putting several major U.S. cities at increased risk of flooding and storm surges, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey. The findings were published in the journal Nature Climate Change.

North Carolina Now Home to One of US’ Greenest Hotels

Eco Friendly Daily

As the green hotel trend continues to spread around the globe, it is the aptly named Green Valley in the town of Greensboro, North Carolina that looks to be setting the pace for other eco-friendly city hotels. Earlier this month the 147 room Proximity Hotel opened its doors in Green Valley, and with plenty of state-of-the-art green features, it is hoping to become the first LEED Platinum certified hotel in the US.

Rarity Roundup Reflections

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This past weekend I headed out to eastern North Carolina with a group of friends to try our hand at a Rarity Roundup. In North Carolina, at least, the entire eastern part of the state is sparsely populated and under-birded, aside from the well-known an well-trod Outer Banks circuit, but even that popular vacation site is left mostly untouched aside from a few locals in November, which tends to be the peak period for vagrant finding in much of the east.

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On Seeking a Sage Thrasher in the Rain

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There’s a time, when you’ve been standing in the rain in the middle of a cow pasture in western North Carolina, amongst mud and cow dung and the unholy combination of the two, staring for the better part of an hour at an impossibly dense stand of brambles and shrub for a smallish streaky brown bird, that you begin to question your dedication to this birding thing. The North Carolina Sage Thrasher on a less challenging day. Birding North Carolina vagrants

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Birding Lake Junaluska

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Lake Junaluska is surrounded by mountains, beautifully situated in scenic Western North Carolina, near the famous Blue Ridge Parkway and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. We had stayed close since graduation, regularly visiting each other at her home-base in New York City and mine in Washington, DC, then North Carolina, and now Florida. Trips Lake Junaluska North Carolina

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Birding and Fly-fishing in Pisgah National Forest

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My fiancé and I now fish and bird together frequently, and over my graduate program’s spring break turned our sights to Pisgah National Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina. As he made his way downstream, I noted common birds, including American Robins, Blue Jays , Carolina Chickadees , and a pair of Cedar Waxwings. Trips fishing North Carolina Pisgah National Forest

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Iced Over in the South

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However, this past weekend I was able to get out for a couple hours to take in a phenomenon that birders in North Carolina have rarely seen of late. The Poler Vortex that has sunk much of the North American continent into the deep freeze has had an effect on us on the margins as well. Several days of sub-freezing temperatures have frozen over the lakes in my hometown of Greensboro, North Carolina, making for phenomenal duck watching for those willing to brave the weather.

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Mountain Swainson’s are the Best Swainson’s

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I saw my first Swainson’s Warbler in eastern North Carolina, along the Roanoke River near the town of Weldon. I had the pleasure to attend the Carolina Bird Club’s spring meeting in Hendersonville, North Carolina. Birds North Carolina swainson''s Warbler wood-warblers

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The Self-Refreshing Rarity

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For the past several weeks a pair of Trumpeter Swans have made themselves at home along a road through Mattamuskeet NWR in eastern North Carolina. But as the re-introduced population around the Great Lakes begins to pick up steam, it’s a species that has been discovered more regularly in North Carolina, and has been annual the last three years. Birds mattamuskeet North Carolina Trumpeter Swan

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The Outer Banks after a Tropical Storm

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Though we were almost rained out, my graduation Outer Banks trip will remain a highlight of my time in North Carolina. Trips Birding North Carolina Outer BanksTropical Storm Ana is the second earliest tropical storm to ever hit the Outer Banks. That’s interesting from a weather point of view, but not so good when it coincided with my graduation birding trip.

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