Date: March 18, 2014 Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034
The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this spring with this upcoming rescheduled presentation.
Dr. Nathan Hall, a postdoctoral research associate at the University Of North Carolina Institute ofMarine Sciences, will present a program entitled Algae Invasion at two locations:the Ocracoke Community Centeron Wed. March 26th at 7:00 p.m.and the Fessenden Center in Buxton on Thursday March 27th at 7:00 p.m.Both programs are free and will last approximately 1 hour.
Dr. Hall's presentation will focus onthe recent range expansion of two "brown tide"-forming microalgae that have decimated shell fish stocks, sea grass habitats, and the food webs of several United States estuaries. The bloom distribution of these two species appears to be closing in on North Carolina--one species from the north and the other from the south.
An understanding of the impacts of this microalgae and its potential effect on regional estuaries has important implications to the park and local communities.
The Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring national park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site. "These presentations offer park visitors as well as local residents an opportunity to learn more about and enjoy this fascinating coastal environment and their national parks" stated Superintendent Barclay Trimble.
Did You Know?
In the 1700s, Ocracoke Inlet was one of the busiest inlets in the East. It was one of the few navigable waterways for ships accessing inland ports such as Elizabeth City, Edenton or New Bern.
It was here that Blackbeard the pirate found the inlet's heavy shipping traffic ripe for easy pickings.