The Virtues of Vultures
The global vulture defense movement is aimed at heightening awareness of the big birds, their importance to their ecosystems and the troubles they face.
Aquarium activities include crafts and programs about vultures, displays about vulture species around the world and encounters with the vultures that live at the aquarium. Black vultures and turkey vultures are popular stars of the free-flight program, Bird’s-Eye View. The show also features other native raptors and shorebirds, and runs twice daily through Sept. 5. Vulture Awareness activities are free with admission or membership.
Homeschool families are invited to the fourth annual Homeschool Day Sept. 10. Crafts, activities and live animal programs relate to this year’s theme of “Conservation at Home.”
“We’ll focus on activities and practices that people can do at home, in their backyards, in their communities, to help wildlife and the environment,” said Aquarium Educator Jeff Harms. “The classroom will be open and we will be focusing on different citizen science topics like Frogwatch, sustainable seafood, how to certify your backyard habitat, rain barrels, how to be a conscious consumer.”
Behind-the-scenes tours and other special activity programs require fees. Otherwise, aquarium admission and Homeschool Day activities are free for homeschool families. Please bring identification. The day is a special event in addition to the one free admission per year allowed for homeschool families.
40th Anniversary “Conservation Celebrations”
This fall the NC Aquariums celebrate their 40th anniversary. On Sept. 17, 1976, three marine resource centers opened along the North Carolina coast. Ten years later, they were renamed as the NC Aquariums – one on Roanoke Island, one in Pine Knoll Shores, and one at Fort Fisher.
Since the beginning, conservation has been a cornerstone of the aquariums’ mission. As a way to celebrate 40 years of conservation education and efforts, the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores will hold a series of 40th Anniversary “Conservation Celebrations” around Carteret County.
“We’d like to thank our local community for all of the support they’ve given us over the last 40 years,” said Aquarium Director Hap Fatzinger. “To show our appreciation, we’d like to gather the community together to make the beautiful natural areas of Carteret County even healthier through conservation projects.”
All “Conservation Celebration” events are free. Visit the aquarium’s website for details and to register.
Taking the Plunge?
Make a big splash with your marriage proposal. Let the aquarium and its animals help you ask the all-important question. Choose from a number of unforgettable backdrops.
You bring the ring and get your beloved to the right spot, and the aquarium special event coordinators do the rest. This includes making your keepsake placard with the magic words and placing it at the strategic moment.
Contact the special events department for packages, prices and other details. Also ask about renting the aquarium for your rehearsal, wedding ceremony and reception.
The NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is 5 miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Hours are 9am-5pm daily. For more information, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.