The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, Jennette’s Pier and the Outer Banks Community Foundation have teamed up with the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBX CDR) to develop and install informational graphic panels at these two aquarium facilities.
Christin Brown, education curator at Jennette’s Pier, said she’s proud of the project, which she and her staff helped organize and implement. Pier Director Mike Remige was glad they are in place for this summer season.
“These weather-resistant signs highlight the work of the dolphin research center and focus on the importance of conservation of bottlenose dolphins,” he said. “The two, three-foot by two-foot signs, have already been installed in strategic locations at each facility to highlight the potential of spotting one or more of these amazing creatures.”
Jessica Taylor, principal investigator for the research center, said she was also pleased with the way the signs turned out. She hopes the general public will learn how to do their part to protect bottlenose dolphins.
“Bottlenose dolphin are a protected species and an important part of the environment,” she said. “Support from the public is an integral part in continuing their conservation. Public support is key.
Coastal dolphins live between 40 to 50 years. As adults, they grow six to eight-foot long. They are warm-blooded, breath air and even have hair in the early stages of life. The research center uses markings on dolphins’ dorsal fins to track the area’s population, and they have identified more than 600 of these energetic and playful marine mammals, Taylor said.
At Jennette’s Pier, the attractive, new informational sign is conveniently located next to the spotting scope on the north side of the pier with direct views of the Atlantic Ocean. At the Aquarium, the graphic panel is located next to the entrance to the new Soundside Pier.
“Both facilities’ panels focus on conservation efforts while the Aquarium’s sign also includes information about how scientists identify individual dolphins,” Brown said. “Guests at the Aquarium have the potential to spot one of our local Outer Banks dolphins frolicking in the beautiful Croatan Sound!”
This unique educational project was made possible through a grant received from the Outer Banks Community Foundation with matching funds provided by both the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island and Jennette’s Pier.
Earth Fair OBX IV promises plenty of free fun for everyone on Saturday, April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m. A wide variety of community groups will be on hand sharing their own environmental messages. Children are encouraged to visit these educational booths with “passports” in hand.
Once they’ve made the rounds and validated their passports at a minimum of eight stations, they’re awarded a free Earth Fair OBX IV T-shirt. If desired, they can tie-dye the white shirt, which features a unique raindrop logo by Brett Harrison of Wicked Oceans.
In addition, take a chance at winning a number of giveaways including up-cycled bird house kits, rain barrels and gift certificates from area business. This year’s Earth Fair OBX IV was made possible by grants from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and N.C. Coastal Federation. The Pier’s event is also part of the N.C. Science Festival.
The following organizations, business and schools are signed up for the event: N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island; Chesapeake Bay Adventures; College of the Albemarle, Associate of Science Program; Coastal Kayaks; UNC Coastal Studies Institute; Dare Master Gardeners; First Flight Adventure Park, First Flight High School, Girl Scouts, Hatteras Recycling Center, Manteo High School Student Environmental Action Club, The Nature Conservancy, N.C. Coastal Federation, N.C. Sierra Club, Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (NEST), National Park Service National Seashore, Outer Banks Children @ Play Museum, OBX Center for Dolphin Research, OBXplorers, OBXSurfInfo.com, North Carolina Sea Grant, Outer Banks SPCA and Surfrider Foundation, Outer Banks Chapter.
This event will be held rain or shine.
At least two children in Dare County’s Friends of Youth program will get the opportunity for several pretty cool adventures this summer, thanks to a $505 donation by the Manteo Rotary Club. Jennette’s Pier educators are looking for several more groups to make similar contributions.
The adventure camps are designed for participants from ages 5 to 16 to go fishing, surfing, kayaking, hang gliding and stand-up paddle boarding, and even gain valuable community service hours. Science activities such as fish dissections and nature hiking are also part of the week-long adventures.
“During the summer, if we didn’t plug them into this, these children would be doing nothing,” said Bennett, program coordinator for Dare County Friends of Youth. “It definitely boosts their self-esteem and makes them feel like they can do anything — it’s such a positive plus!”
And she should know. Bennett has led this group for the past 24 years. Their 25th anniversary is Monday, March 1, she noted.
Gould said he’s looking for similar community organizations such as the Manteo Rotary to commit to sponsoring additional “camperships” as he calls them. If interested, call Gould for more information at 252-255-1501 ext. 212.
Registration for all summer camps at Jennette’s Pier, as well as the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, opens Monday, March 2 at 9 a.m. Parents can come by the pier or register online at jennettespier.net. Camp listings for both the pier and aquarium are available online now.
Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head has been recognized for being one of the best wedding reception venues in the state according to The Knot, one of the industries’ most popular resources for event planning.
Micaela Brewer of The Knot North Carolina recently informed pier’s Facility Rental Coordinator Michele Bunce that the pier had won the prestigious Best of Weddings 2015 award.
“This year the competition was the hardest it has ever been,” she said. “Only the top two percent of vendors across the country earned this honor and you absolutely deserve it.
“Michele, my hat is off to you and your team!” Brewer added. “The Knot’s Best of Weddings award is a top honor in the wedding industry. Brides and grooms recognize the elite status of the vendors who win.”
Bunce said she was thrilled with the recognition.
“I’m very excited for Jennette’s Pier and the Outer Banks,” she said.
“We are very proud of our staff, they are friendly and helpful,” Bunce noted. “We make our guests feel at home for their big day.”
The veteran facility rentals coordinator added that “excellent, professional vendors,” make her job a lot easier too. Her long-time assistant Beth Pallett was also delighted when she heard about The Knot award.
“I’m honored and proud to work at such a unique wedding venue,” she said. “It is nice to know brides like it here, it makes you feel good.”
The rental program’s newest member, Rachel Moser, said she was also pleased with The Knot Best of 2015 award. Together, these three professionals were able to manage 75 wedding receptions in Oceanview Hall in 2014.
This spectacular venue features a large banquet hall with cathedral ceilings, heart of pine paneling, accent lighting and decorative fireplace. Oceanside walls made of glass windows and doors frame awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic Ocean.
Guests also enjoy the vista from the wrap-around, covered porch, which adds a special outdoor element to all of the receptions. Bookings are filling up for 2015, so call 252-255-1501, ext. 204 or 209 about your reception today.