Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region

Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region IWC, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, was formed in 2020 after chapter leader Virginia Holman recognized the devastating impacts of wetland destruction.

We are an unpaid volunteer group serving the lower Cape Fear. Everyone is welcome to attend our events. We encourage you to support NCWF’s good work in our area by becoming a member. Visit https://ncwf.org/membership-giving/become-a-member-or-renew/ Be sure to choose ISLAND WILDLIFE as your affiliate. We are a group of wildlife enthusiasts bringing knowledge of conservation to the surrounding community. IWC is a chapter of unpaid volunteers.

Operating as usual

We'd like more of this, please! Thank you, Access of Wilmington, for making the natural world more accessible.
06/18/2021

We'd like more of this, please! Thank you, Access of Wilmington, for making the natural world more accessible.

What’s the importance of this picture? It’s two wheelchairs, abandoned, because 30 people of ALL abilities got to kayak today. Some for the first time even. This is what ACCESS of Wilmington strives to do every day. Check out the link in our bio to see how you can support more events such as this!

Board member, teacher, and naturalist Karen Linehan shared this lovely post.“A male sand fiddler peeks over his large cl...
06/17/2021

Board member, teacher, and naturalist Karen Linehan shared this lovely post.

“A male sand fiddler peeks over his large claw called a cheliped. He waves this mighty claw during daily dances to attract females into his burrow hidden beneath stands of cordgrass. The claw is also a handy defense against other males and predators. I love the lavender accents on the carapace, which lends the nickname, “china-backed crab,” given the similarity to the lustrous designs on fine china. Sand fiddlers are the most common species among three kinds of fiddler crabs found in CB state park. The larger red-jointed fiddler occupies the higher marsh and areas around brackish water. Smaller mud fiddlers are, not surprisingly, found around muddy substrates. Fiddler crabs are important detritivores in marsh ecosystems and delightful subjects of study throughout the spring, summer, and fall.”
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#atlanticsandfiddlercrab #leptucapugilator #ncstateparks #capefearriver #sundaymorning #naturestudy #ncwildlife #islandwildlife #habitats #capefear

Board member, teacher, and naturalist Karen Linehan shared this lovely post.

“A male sand fiddler peeks over his large claw called a cheliped. He waves this mighty claw during daily dances to attract females into his burrow hidden beneath stands of cordgrass. The claw is also a handy defense against other males and predators. I love the lavender accents on the carapace, which lends the nickname, “china-backed crab,” given the similarity to the lustrous designs on fine china. Sand fiddlers are the most common species among three kinds of fiddler crabs found in CB state park. The larger red-jointed fiddler occupies the higher marsh and areas around brackish water. Smaller mud fiddlers are, not surprisingly, found around muddy substrates. Fiddler crabs are important detritivores in marsh ecosystems and delightful subjects of study throughout the spring, summer, and fall.”
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#atlanticsandfiddlercrab #leptucapugilator #ncstateparks #capefearriver #sundaymorning #naturestudy #ncwildlife #islandwildlife #habitats #capefear

What a great morning at Fort Fisher State Historic Site! Today, Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region helped install sand f...
06/16/2021

What a great morning at Fort Fisher State Historic Site! Today, Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region helped install sand fencing around an important wildlife habitat area at the most visited historic site in North Carolina. This spring we’ve been working with manager Jim Steele to increase protections at this special site. We’ve partnered to reintroduce and expand sand fencing around a large area of windswept yaupon that was experiencing so much human intrusion it caused habitat degradation and also erosion during rain events. We've also worked with management to adjust the mowing schedule of the riverside revetments to better serve migrating birds on the Atlantic Flyway.

We’re so glad to have this important partner in our effort to protect our unique native habitats. We'll be out there tomorrow between 9-11 to finish the job and hope to install native plants this fall. Thank you to everyone at Fort Fisher and NC Department of Natural & Cultural Resources for supporting wildlife habitats in the Cape Fear Region. And thanks to Jesse Hoskins for his great efforts on this project! We are so grateful! #ncwildlife #habitat #birds #migration #nativeplants

Would you like to learn more about sea turtles? Join the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project for their awesome Turtle Tal...
06/16/2021
Turtle Talk

Would you like to learn more about sea turtles? Join the Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project for their awesome Turtle Talks on Mondays at 7pm at the Kure Beach Oceanfront Park and on Wednesdays at 7pm at the Carolina Beach State Park Visitors' Center!

Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project: Working to ensure the preservation and protection of threatened and endangered sea turtles in Carolina and Kure Beach in North Carolina

Help our wonderful teachers and students at the Marine Science Academy today in CB at 3pm! Link on their insta page.
06/16/2021

Help our wonderful teachers and students at the Marine Science Academy today in CB at 3pm! Link on their insta page.

Help our wonderful teachers and students at the Marine Science Academy today in CB at 3pm! Link on their insta page.

Today is Jean Beasley Day! She founded the amazing The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf...
06/12/2021

Today is Jean Beasley Day! She founded the amazing The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Surf City, North Carolina. This amazing facility is volunteer-driven, and its mission is to "rescue, rehabilitate and release sick and injured sea turtles" and educate the public about these imperiled, majestic creatures. Today we salute her amazing legacy! If you have never visited this center for a tour, it is well worth your while. #seaturtleweek #superhero #ncwildlife

Tomorrow is Jean Beasley Day! We celebrate and honor our founder, Mrs. Jean Beasley, and her lifetime of protecting sea turtles. Jean is pictured here with our summer interns and Spock, a subadult loggerhead turtle that stranded June 4, 2020 in Holden Beach, NC. Among other problems, Spock had cataracts that, if left untreated, could have prevented him from returning to the wild. Our veterinarian and the wonderful team at NC State College of Veterinary Medicine & Veterinary Hospital performed innovative cataract surgery, restoring Spock's vision and allowing him to be released. And he was so ready! He charged full speed ahead into the water, eager to start hunting crabs and whelk and other wild food. Spock exemplifies Jean's legacy!
#seaturtleweek #turtlehero

Our amazing native plants expert, Jessica Roach, found North America’s smallest toad in Carolina Beach State Park. ・・・“S...
06/11/2021

Our amazing native plants expert, Jessica Roach, found North America’s smallest toad in Carolina Beach State Park.
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“Saw my first oak toads this week. I was in no way disappointed to meet the smallest toad in North America. This one is definitely getting added to the arm.”

#lifer #oak #toad #Anaxyrus #quercicus #Bufonidae #white #stripe #red #spots #biodiversity #habitats #conservation #capefear #carolinabeachstatepark #northcarolina #h**ps

Our amazing native plants expert, Jessica Roach, found North America’s smallest toad in Carolina Beach State Park.
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“Saw my first oak toads this week. I was in no way disappointed to meet the smallest toad in North America. This one is definitely getting added to the arm.”

#lifer #oak #toad #Anaxyrus #quercicus #Bufonidae #white #stripe #red #spots #biodiversity #habitats #conservation #capefear #carolinabeachstatepark #northcarolina #h**ps

Why good morning, watering can tree frog! Can any  h**p folks offer a definitive id? We let this sweet creature shelter ...
06/10/2021

Why good morning, watering can tree frog! Can any h**p folks offer a definitive id? We let this sweet creature shelter here rather than shake it out for a closer look. ncwildlife #nch**ps #treefrog

Very interesting article in today's North Carolina Coastal Federation’s CoastalReview.org. (It's worth noting that the T...
06/09/2021
Plastics, lax enforcement blamed as roadside litter worsens | Coastal Review

Very interesting article in today's North Carolina Coastal Federation’s CoastalReview.org. (It's worth noting that the Town of Carolina Beach just upped its littering fine from $100 to $500.) Perhaps it's also time to have a similar increase in tree-removal fines in the Cape Fear Region. People care deeply about these issues and they directly impact our quality of life, the health of our waterways, and our regional appeal as a tourist destination.https://coastalreview.org/2021/06/plastics-lax-enforcement-blamed-as-roadside-litter-worsens/?fbclid=IwAR0dtVrUCrKe14EzwoCnDSbLSB9j_HhsAJmh3gXlVKCnz53vYhwpnePvv2Y

Volunteers who pick up litter along coastal NC roadways say plastic pollution is a growing part of the problem as the numbers of charges and convictions for littering dwindle.

Awesome Trees 4Trash cleanup with the Girl Scouts New Hanover County troop 2267 this morning! Thanks to Island Wildlife ...
06/05/2021

Awesome Trees 4Trash cleanup with the Girl Scouts New Hanover County troop 2267 this morning! Thanks to Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region board member and troop leader Kathryn for organizing!

Wow! What an amazing day we had at Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region! It was so wonderful to be able to gather today at...
06/02/2021

Wow! What an amazing day we had at Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region! It was so wonderful to be able to gather today at Carolina Beach State Park. We started the day with a drizzly early morning bird walk with Wild Bird Garden's wonderful Jill Peleuses and heard lots of painted buntings, saw sandwich and royal terns, heard and located a first-year summer tanager, and said hello to Audubon North Carolina Coastal Biologist Lindsay Addison as she headed out on the river!

Later, we ran a class with the Cameron Art Museum based on their Nature Inspires Art booklet and the work of Robert Johnson and Elizabeth Bradford. Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region's native plants chair, the brilliant Jessica Roach, led the kids on a nature walk, and Miss Georgia of the Cam led the art lesson. Ranger Helms said hello and introduced us to Bubba the king snake! It was a great event. Our hearts are full to see you all again. More is on the way in the region, so stay tuned!!!

Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region is based in Carolina Beach, a fun and funky coastal town with great murals going up a...
06/02/2021

Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region is based in Carolina Beach, a fun and funky coastal town with great murals going up all over the business district. We are so excited that the Carolina Beach Mural Project will be featuring our state carnivorous plant, the Venus Flytrap, at Kate’s Pancake House.

Do you know a great artist? Carolinabeachmurals.org has an RFP for this project.

Thank you, Carolina Beach, for supporting and celebrating native plants!

Coming in the fall! Can’t wait until our mural is finished. #katespancakehouse #CBmurals #CarolinaBeach

Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region had a great cleanup today with our friends at Island Women.We had nine people, cleane...
06/01/2021
Tiny but deadly: Cigarette butts are the most commonly polluted plastic | Earth Day

Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region had a great cleanup today with our friends at Island Women.

We had nine people, cleaned up a reasonably small area around the boardwalk, and walked north up the strand. The beach was pretty clean. Even so, we collected, in less than 2 hours, over 1.5 POUNDS of cigarette butts. Think about that. A fully smoked cigarette butt weighs around .2 grams (that's .0070547924 of an ounce). We picked up 24 oz of ci******es. Yuck! But, wait. Why are ci******es so yucky? And why should we care about them littering parking areas and the beach strand?

1. They are the most common form of plastic pollution.
2. They wash into stormwater drains, which discharge (without treatment) directly into our waterways and our fisheries. In other words, into the food chain of the fish and shellfish we eat, and into much of the regional water supply (i.e. Cape Fear River).
3. They take up to 10 years to degrade.
4. They contain arsenic.

We collected ours and took them to the Town of Carolina Beach Government, NC to be recycled by Keep New Hanover Beautiful, which has canisters throughout the town. Please take advantage of the cigarette butt canisters if you smoke.

Learn more about cigarette waste here: https://www.earthday.org/tiny-but-deadly-cigarette-butts-are-the-most-commonly-polluted-plastic/ #ncwildlife #pollution

Cigarette butts are the most abundant form of plastic waste in the world, with about 4.5 trillion individual butts polluting our environment.

Thanks, wonderful Island Women, for cleaning up with Island Wildlife - Cape Fear. We collected 1.5 lbs of cigarette butt...
06/01/2021

Thanks, wonderful Island Women, for cleaning up with Island Wildlife - Cape Fear. We collected 1.5 lbs of cigarette butts, which will be recycled. Total trash tally today off the beach was 21.5 lbs. That's almost enough for North Carolina Wildlife Federation to bank one native tree with Trees4Trash. Cleanups keep trash out of the ocean and out of our waterways. Let’s do it again soon!

We love this idea!
05/31/2021

We love this idea!

Until we get far enough along to generate public input for the name of the Park, this is the goal - Eagles Island Nature Park 🌎

With a focus on education and telling the story of our rich cultural history in Southeastern North Carolina, and the development of dynamic multimodal recreation for the people of the Cape Fear region, the Eagles Island Central Park Task Force is leading the effort to organize stakeholders to preserve and manage the natural and cultural assets found on the 3000+ acre island situated between two of the fastest growing communities in the United States.

We have a big story to tell, and we need you to help us do it! Pass it on 💯

#eaglesislandnaturepark #wilmingtonnc #belvillenc #navassanc #lelandnc #newhanovercounty #brunswickcountync

Looking for something to do this week? Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region has you covered. We have a cleanup with the am...
05/30/2021

Looking for something to do this week? Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region has you covered. We have a cleanup with the amazing Island Women on Tuesday, June 1st, TWO events on Wednesday, June 2nd at Carolina Beach State Park --a bird walk with Jill Peleuses of Wild Bird Garden AND a kids Nature Inspires Art event with the Cameron Art Museum (**completion of the pre-registration link is required to attend as space is limited**). Finally, on Saturday, June 5th, we have a second cleanup with the Girl Scouts New Hanover County troop 2267! Check out our events tab for info and join us! Free and open to the public.

Looking for something to do this week? Island Wildlife - Cape Fear Region has you covered. We have a cleanup with the amazing Island Women on Tuesday, June 1st, TWO events on Wednesday, June 2nd at Carolina Beach State Park --a bird walk with Jill Peleuses of Wild Bird Garden AND a kids Nature Inspires Art event with the Cameron Art Museum (**completion of the pre-registration link is required to attend as space is limited**). Finally, on Saturday, June 5th, we have a second cleanup with the Girl Scouts New Hanover County troop 2267! Check out our events tab for info and join us! Free and open to the public.

Do you live, worship, or work in Wilmington? Does your employer encourage volunteerism? Alliance for Cape Fear Trees has...
05/30/2021

Do you live, worship, or work in Wilmington? Does your employer encourage volunteerism? Alliance for Cape Fear Trees has been tasked with watering trees planted by volunteers in Wilmington. Can you help? Sign up here to adopt a tree. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aca92ca6f4c70-tree

All of the trees listed below need help in surviving this drought. These are trees that were planted by volunteers through the Alliance for Cape Fear Trees. They only need on good watering once a week until the drought subsides. 5 gallon per tree and you have to bring your own water. SIGN UP AT LINK https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0d49aca92ca6f4c70-tree.
1002 Queen Street
Corner of 10th and Queen-2 Trees
(West Side of 10th)
519 S. 10th Street
606 S. 10th Street- 2 Trees
MLK Center and Ann Street-(8th -10th)
Several Trees
S. 9th near Ann Street by substation
3 Trees
1415 S. 3rd Street
3 Trees
1006 S. 4th Street
1017 S. 4th Street
1018 S. 4th Street
1119 S. 4th Street (Left of Building)
3 Trees
1210 S. 4th Street
1317 S. 4th Street
3 Trees
1404 S. 4th Street
2 Trees
900 S. 6th Street
2 Trees
920 S. 6th Street
1010 S. 6th Street
2 Trees
1011 S. 6th Street
1012 S. 6th Street
1013 S. 6th Street
1018 S. 6th Street
1105 S. 6th Street
1108 S. 6th Street
3 Trees
1201 S. 6th Street
1208 S. 6th Street
1213 S. 6th Street
1305 S. 7th Street
1224 S. 7th Street
2 Trees(Larger tree is on Kidder St Side)
1219 S. 7th Street
1206 S. 7th Street
2 Trees
1205 S. 7th Street
1201 S. 7th Street
1117 S. 7th Street
1112 S. 7th Street
1107 S. 7th Street
2 Trees
1013 S. 7th Street
2 Trees
1009 S. 7th Street
923 S. 7th Street
903 S. 7th Street
315 Meares Street
618 Meares Street
620 Meares Street
1041 S. 8th Street (Meares Street Side)
808 Meares Street
820 Meares Street
2 trees
905 Meares Street
910 Meares Street
918 Meares Street
1101 Meares Street
2 Trees
1204 Meares Street
1208 Meares Street
1220 Meares Street (13th St Side)
1201 S. 5th Ave (Marstellar Side)
4 Trees
1202 S. 6th St (Marstellar Side)
2 Trees
609 Marstellar Street
3 Trees
614 Marstellar Street
2 Trees
1123 S. 7th St (Marstellar Side)
705 Marstellar St
813 Marstellar Street
4 Trees ( 1 Lg on Marstellar, 3 on S. 9th )
907 Marstellar Street (vacant lot)
4 Trees

1301 S. 4th Street (Kidder St Side)
2 Trees
1223 S. 4th Street (Kidder St Side)
3 Trees
1305 S. 5th Ave (Kidder & 6th Side)
8 Trees
1223 S. 6th Street (Kidder Side)
4 Trees
707 Kidder Street
1217 Martin Street
4 Trees
1302 Martin Street (Martin & 13th Side)
7 Trees

606 Greenfield Street
5 Trees

708 Greenfield Street
5 Trees
809 Greenfield Street
5 Trees
812 Greenfield Street
5 Trees
816 Greenfield Street (Lake Branch Dr Side)
2 Trees
1526 Lake Branch Drive
4 Trees
1404 S. 7th Street
1211 S. 8th Street
1206 S. 9th Street
1309 S. 10th Street (Kidder St Side)
4 Trees
1500 Block, West Side of S. 11th Street
9 Trees
1500 Block, East Side of S. 11th Street
11 Trees
1300 Block, East Side of S 12th Street
4 Trees
1500 Block of S. 12th Street
10 Trees
910 S. 8th Street
3 Trees
1004 S. 8th Street
3 Trees
1014 S. 8th Street
2 Trees
1016 S. 8th Street
1037 S. 8th Street
1110 S. 8th Street
1123 S. 8th Street
1204 S. 8th Street
1207 S. 8th Street
1213 S. 8th Street
1215 S. 8th Street
1222 S. 8th Street
9th & Greenfield Streets (NW Corner along empty lot)
3 Trees
1110 S. 10th Street
1114 S. 10th Street
821/825 S.12th Street
908 S.12th Street
900 Block, East S. 13th Street
4 Trees
912 S. 13th Street
914 S.13th Street
920 S. 13th Street

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