Cape Point
2:40 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Cape Point Closed To Off-Road Vehicles

Cape Point, south of Buxton
Credit Google

One of the most popular sections of the Cape Hatteras seashore is off limits for vehicles for the next few months. The Cape Point area south of Buxton is the migratory home to the piping plover, a nationally- recognized threatened species.

In 2011, the park service implemented a vehicle management plan that requires a 75 foot buffer zone be put up to prevent off-roaders from driving near the birds.

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The State of Things
1:20 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds

Duke scientists look into the brains of songbirds.

What's Inside the Brains of Songbirds

Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. 

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The State of Things
12:00 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Flight Of The Oystercatcher

Two Oystercatchers on Oregon Inlet, NC
Credit Jeff Lewis /


The oystercatcher is the clown of the bird world. It has pink legs, a long orange bill and bright yellow eyes. And the eastern population of the oystercatcher is in danger. There are only about 11,000 in existence, and scientists are doing everything they can to make sure they stick around. Lindsay Addison is a coastal biologist for Audobon, North Carolina. She’s involved in a project to track the migratory patterns of these beach birds. Host Frank Stasio talks to her about the project.

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9:27 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Wildlife Resources Commission Investigates Dead, Injured Brown Pelicans

Brown pelican
Credit Sergey Yeliseev via Flickr, Creative Commons

State wildlife officials are continuing to investigate the deaths and injuries of brown pelicans along the North Carolina coast.  They say more than 200 of the birds have been found. 

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3:09 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

NC Organization Helps Save Ducks In Trinidad

Bahama Pintail Duck
Credit Snowman radio via Flickr, Creative commons

In 2009, Sylvan Heights Bird Park received a call from the US Embassy in Trinidad, asking them to help restore two species of nearly-extinct native ducks, the White-Faced Whistling Duck and the Bahama Pintail. Four years later, they are celebrating the successful introduction of individuals of both species back into Trinidad, a promising sign for the health of native populations.

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Science & Technology
11:08 am
Fri January 18, 2013

What's Inside The Brains Of Songbirds


Scientists are learning fascinating things by studying songbirds. Sophisticated microscopes are able to see the smallest level of detail in the brain and determine how it changes in response to learning. Researchers at Duke University are using this technology to study the brains of songbirds and determine what implications their findings could have for humans. 

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State of Things
11:24 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Carolina Parakeet

Today, parakeets are creatures of the tropics, but one breed in particular was native to the forests of the Eastern United States, including North Carolina.  The Carolina Parakeet went extinct in the early 20th century, but continues to fascinate the public.

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7:13 am
Mon February 27, 2012

Study: Climate Change Altering Bird Migration

There's more evidence that climate change is altering bird migration patterns. A new study from UNC-Chapel Hill finds some species along the east coast are migrating three-to-six days earlier than they were just ten years ago. Allen Hurlbert is an assistant professor of biology at UNC. He says birds face problems if they get the timing wrong.

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1:10 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Climate Change Forcing Tropical Bird Migration

Deep-blue Flowerpiercer

A new study out of Duke University finds global warming is forcing tropical birds in Peru to migrate to higher elevations. But it also finds they're migrating at a slower rate than the world is warming.

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5:00 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Another Wave of Pelican Deaths Hits the Coast

Injured pelican
Credit Toni O'Neil

Dead and injured pelicans are washing up on North Carolina shores. Around 20 dead birds were found on North Topsail Beach earlier this month. Many had severely broken wings.

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