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Inside This Issue your life on the Crystal Coast
12 Rebecca’s Corner: The Light that Guides Us A recent trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore
gave Rebecca Jones some inspiration. Born of the rhythms of nature and the laws of physics, she shares her insights with our readers, and hopes they help you weather your storms.
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12 Bikes and Blooms Returns to Emerald Isle This fun and eye-catching event is back for its
second year, courtesy of the Emerald Isle Garden Club. Decorate a bike with fresh or artificial flowers, and vie for awards.
13 Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter: Water Weasels! These feisty little creatures are so secretive, solitary and territorial that hardly anybody knows they’re there. They run everybody off—even others of their own kind. You’d never guess that they have a presence in every county here in NC.
14 Don’t Miss Forever For Today Pastor Paul Ortiz of the Island Church in Emerald Isle shares some thoughts on the entrance of Jesus to Jerusalem.
Things To Do................................................ 8 12 BIKES + BLOOMS Emerald Isle welcomes this event for its second year!
15 HOOKED UP FISHING Ready for some reel screamin’ action this spring?
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Bird Hike at Fort Macon
[ 9–10AM ] Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center
and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.
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Merry Time for Tots
[ 10–11AM ] Preschoolers and their caregivers are
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BIRD HIKE AT FORT MACON
Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center and take a leisurely hike to identify birds native to our area. On East Fort Macon Road in Atlantic Beach. Call 252-726-3775.
invited to the Merry Time for Tots program, which takes a unique look at a different nautical topic each month. Topics include Pirate Hooks and Peg Legs, Hatteras Jack, Boats that Float, Whale of a Time and Shark Tales. The program is free and includes lessons, activities and a makeand-take craft. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-504-7758.
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Musket Firing Demonstration
[ 10–11AM ] Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a
Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-7263775.
Cleanup at Wards Creek
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PUBLICK DAY IN BEAUFORT
An old fashioned flea market on the Beaufort Historic Site at 100 Turner Street, with antiques, collectibles, jewelry, food and more. For information call 252-728-5225.
One of the North Carolina Coastal Federation’s primary initiatives is to reduce the amount of marine debris littering coastal waterways. We invite volunteers to help us clean up the shoreline surrounding Wards Creek in Down East Carteret County. In addition to picking up trash, volunteers will also record data on the types and quantities of debris collected to identify sources and focus educational efforts. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing that may get wet and dirty. Closed-toed shoes are required. Boots are appropriate if you choose to walk along the water’s edge. Trash collection supplies, peanut butter sandwich fixings, water, sunscreen and bug spray will be provided. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers will meet at the Wards Creek Bridge at 9:45 a.m. For information call 252-393-8185.
Star Party at Fort Macon: The Moon + Beyond
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Carolina Science Festival’s State Wide Star Party. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Beach Access parking lot about a mile before the actual fort area. There will be several telescopes set up with which to view the heavens, as well as other fun astronomy-related activities for everyone to enjoy. This year’s theme is The Moon and Beyond in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission. This is a kid-friendly, free event. No pets. The rain date for this event is April 13. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.
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Friday Free Flicks Emerald Isle: ‘Peter Rabbit’ [ 7–9PM ] You are invited to join us in the
gymnasium at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation on the second, with free admission. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please bring chairs and or blankets, no outside beverages or snacks. Popcorn and drink is available for $1. At 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.
Publick Day in Beaufort
[ 9AM–4PM ] An old fashioned flea market on the
Beaufort Historic Site with vendors selling antiques and collectibles, art, crafts, handmade jewelry, books, food and much more. Free admission. Vendor information is available for this fun spring event. At 100 Turner Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-728-5225. APRIL 13–14
Intro to Wooden Boat Building [ 9AM–4:30PM ] Explore the art of boatbuilding
in this two-day, hands-on course. Students age 16 and up begin with lofting and move on to the setup, steam bending and different methods of creating the backbone of small boats. They also learn planking methods, both carvel and lapstrake and use of appropriate fasteners. After two days, students will have the knowledge, skill and confidence to choose a design and style of boat to build on their own. Cost is $135 ($121.50 for members of the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum). Advance registration is required. Register by calling 252-504-7758. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort.
Emerald Isle Easter Eggstreme
[ 10AM ] Easter themed activities and festivities will
take place at Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation. Join the EI Bunny for festivities including a bounce house, Easter basket raffle, cake walk, egg and spoon races and more! Children should bring an Easter basket to collect prize. Photos with the EI Bunny! Please note that no official egg hunt will take place but everyone will leave with Easter treats! Everyone is invited! No registration is required. APRIL 13
7th Annual Bites + Blues
[ 5–8:30PM ] Bite through the night on the
Morehead City Waterfront at Bites and Blues! Tempt your palate with 22 bites from locally owned restaurants as live blues music fills the waterfront. Use your ticket as your guide as you walk the Morehead City waterfront, stopping at each locally owned participating restaurant or host business to taste a delicious bite. Blues music will fill the air as bands and solo performers entertain attendees along the route. At the end of the night, attendees will choose their favorite
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“Bite Of The Nite.” The winning restaurant will receive honors along with the prestigious White Plate and a monetary prize. Second and third place restaurants will also receive a monetary prize. At 412-D Evans Street, Morehead City. For information and tickets call 252-726-6273. APRIL 13
American Music Festival Series: Vera Quartet
[ 8–10PM ] Performance by Pedro Rodríguez
Rodríguez (violin), Rebecca Anderson (violin), Inés Picado Molares (viola) and Justin Goldsmith (cello). These young artists from Spain and Cuba were united as protégés of the Pacifica and Juilliard Quartets to win the Plowman and Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competitions. One of the youngest quartets to play on our series, Vera is currently in residence at Indiana University. Tickets to individual concerts are $32 each. Tickets for students are $15 each and are available at the door. Tickets may be reserved by calling 252-342-5034 and are available at the door on the evening of the concert. At 1604 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information call 910-367-3497.
Touch-A-Truck in Swansboro [ 10AM–2PM ] The Swansboro Parks and
Recreation Department will host its 6th annual Touch-A-Truck event at Swansboro Municipal Park (830 Main St Extension). This event provides a unique opportunity for those young and youngat-heart to explore, climb, touch, learn what the trucks do, how they work and how they benefit our community. This is your chance to climb in, take a seat behind the steering wheel and imagine being the driver of a fire engine, ambulance, Bobcat and many, many more! Bring out the entire family for a day of fun and hands on vehicle exploration. We will have TapSnap on site for photos! Call 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information. APRIL 14
White Oak River Birding Cruise Join local birding expert JoAnne Powell for a birding cruise on the White Oak River in Swansboro. The group will slowly cruise on a
covered ferryboat through the estuaries in and around the White Oak River and Bogue Sound, including Huggins and Bear islands, looking for resident and migratory birds. Participants will meet at Fish House Docks in downtown Swansboro and are asked to bring their own binoculars, water and a snack and to dress appropriately for the weather. The program fee is $20 for federation members and $25 for nonmembers. All ages are welcome, though the program is geared toward adults and older children. Registration is required and is nonrefundable. There is a maximum of 32 participants. For information call 252-393-8185.
Fellowship Night: Volunteering [ 6:30–7:30PM ] This program welcomes adults
of all abilities to come together for a fun evening with a rotating theme or activity scheduled every month. This program is geared towards adults with special needs and will be held once a month as an after dinner/evening group. Call 910-3262600 or visit the Swansboro Rec Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for information.
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environments and animals around us. Learn how to have your own sustainable party and take a walk around the aquarium to visit conservation stations. Enjoy these special crafts and activities throughout the weekend. Party for the Planet activities are free with admission or aquarium membership. At One Roosevelt Boulevard, Pine Knoll Shores.
Beaufort Historic Site’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt
[ 11AM–NOON ] Children ages seven and younger
are welcome to join the fun. Prizes, refreshments and lots of eggs—it’s all free—just bring a basket! At 150 Turner Street, Beaufort.
Helicopter Egg Drop In Atlantic Beach
a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.
Celebrate Easter at Atlantic Beach’s first Helicopter Egg Drop! Egg hunts will be divided by age with 0–6 year olds beginning at 11 a.m. and 7–12 year olds beginning at 11:15 a.m. Please respect the age limits and be courteous to your fellow egg hunters. Bring your own basket. Free hot dogs and drinks will be served from the hospitality tent at 11 a.m. and additional food and beverage items will be available for purchase at the concession stand. Free mini-golf will be available from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. This event is “mist or shine” meaning we will still offer the helicopter egg drop as long as there is a light rain only. In the event of heavy rain, the helicopter will not be available and the event will be canceled. We appreciate your cooperation and hope for a sunny Saturday! Parking and restrooms are both available at the Town Park. We look forward to an EGGcellent Easter in Atlantic Beach! At 915 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-2121.
Light Therapy Info Session
[ 6–7PM ] Come find out more about what InLight
can do for you. For information on light therapy check out rockingthelights.com. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for information.
Natural Side of Fort Macon
[ 10–11AM ] Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for
Party for the Planet
Join the Party for the Planet April at the aquarium and learn how to do your part to reduce singleuse plastic! Enjoy displays and activities all about our connection to the natural world and learn about some of the conservation success stories and conservation projects happening right here. Learn how you can make an impact for good to help
Pirate Pancake Dinner
[ 5–7PM ] Join us as we set sail on a sea of syrup!
We will be hosting a pancake banquet with all the fixings and lots of fun. Come out for the fun, food and activities that will delight buccaneers big and small. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
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Lookout Rotary Road Race
[ 6:30–9:30AM ] Join us for the 30th annual Lookout
Rotary Road race! All 3 courses are USATF certified and sanctioned. Race proceeds will be given as donations to Rotary-sponsored charitable groups with emphasis on local county programs. Flat and fast certified neighborhood course. An event for every age and skill level. At 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City. For information call 252-241-0372. APRIL 26–27
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EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
At the Fort Macon State Park. Over a dozen local organizations wil present special talks, events and programs showcasing conservation efforts. Call 252-726-3775.
Kayak Fishing Clinic
Join us for a two-part kayak fishing lesson and trip. Friday we will be at the Recreation Center in the classroom learning basic kayak fishing skills like knot tying, basics of bait, times and tides and more. Saturday, get ready to enjoy a guided fishing tour leaving from Pogie’s. Pogie’s will provide all the supplies that you need to bring home the big one! Note that you can bring your own kayak or use one of theirs. Please note you will want to arrive 15 minutes early to Pogie’s on Saturday to be fitted for gear. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
Crystal Coast Earth Day Celebration
[ 10AM–2PM ] Celebrate Earth Day with over
PAMPER PARTY / SPA NIGHT
for mothers and daughters at Swansboro Recreation Center. Cost is $15 for mother and daughter and $5 for each additional child. Call 910-326-2600.
a dozen local organizations at Fort Macon State Park. Each group will have a booth with displays and activities showcasing their group’s conservation efforts. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252726-3775.
Living History Weekend
[ 10AM–4PM ] Reenactors with the 1st NC
Volunteers will be spending the weekend at Fort Macon presenting the public with special events and programs. Events may include flag talks, women’s dress talks, musket drills and artillery demonstrations. A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30 p.m. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-7263775. APRIL 27
‘Play the K’ Golf Tournament
[ 11AM–4:30PM ] The 6th annual Kirsten McDonald
REELIN’ FOR RESEARCH
Tournament to help “land a cure” for childhood cancer. Visit reelinforresearch. org for information and registration. At 801 Shepard Street, Morehead City.
Memorial Charity Golf Tournament, also known as Play the K, will be held at the Beaufort Club Golf Course. The goal of this tournament is to create a sustainable memorial to honor Kirsten’s life and to support deserving youth in Carteret County. All of the net proceeds raised will be donated to Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Plain. Kirsten lost her life in a tragic automobile accident on March 6, 2012, exactly one month shy of her 21st birthday. Kirsten always had a
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beautiful, bright smile on her face. Her strong, loving personality and her passion for others radiated from within her heart and soul. At 300 Links Drive, Beaufort. APRIL 27
Bark for Art Benefit for Animals In Need
[ 4–8PM ] Protectors of Homeless Pets of Carteret
County Bark for Art will feature art works from several artists and art students from area schools that will be displayed for voting and sale. Place your final bids on Silent Auction items from while enjoying a glass of wine and some light hors d’oeuvres. All of the proceeds go to Protectors of Homeless Pets of Carteret County to provide medicines and spaying / neutering of animals in need in Carteret County. For more information, call 252-723-0319. At 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City. APRIL 28
East Carolina Singers Concert [ 5PM ] The Carolina East Singers, under the
choral direction of Susan Gillis Bailey, will perform their spring concert at First Presbyterian Church, Morehead City. The more than 60-voice choir will be preforming John Rutter’s The Gift of Life; All Glory, Laud and Honor; Morning Has Broken and many other favorites. The choir will be accompanied by an orchestra. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. They are available from any choir member or at these local businesses: In Morehead City, First Presbyterian Church and Williams Hardware; in Atlantic Beach, The Pool & Patio Store; and in Beaufort, First Bank. MAY 3
Mother/Daughter Pamper Party and Spa Night
[ 6–8PM ] Swansboro Parks and Recreation is
hosting a Mother/Daughter Spa Night. Mothers, grandmothers, aunts and more are invited to create memories with their special girl. Enjoy a special evening of pampering, refreshments and fun! Mary Kay will offer beauty tips and techniques, we will have mini-massage services and Lisa Sparr will give an aroma touch hand massage with doTERRA essential oils. Rocking The Lights will be there to light up your life with their light therapy system. Wild Olive will be providing mini hairstyling sessions. Martha Smith Massaad will be hosting a DIY experience! Brenna Wilcox will have chair massage. Sweet treats and refreshments will be provided. Lauren Palumbo from Lauren Palumbo Photography will be on-site taking free photos! Space is limited to 25 participants—please pre-register by May 1. Cost is $15 for mother/ daughter, $5 for each additional child. Call 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
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[ 6AM–5PM ] The Reelin’ For Research
Tournament will keep up the effort to “land a cure” for childhood cancer. Visit reelinforresearch. org for information and registration details. At 801 Shepard Street, Morehead City. For information call 919-971-4600. MAY 4 [ 6:30–10AM ] This 5K and 10K run/hike, held
at Fort Macon State Park will benefit the Friends of Fort Macon. It is not only one of the newest courses in the state, but also one of the most challenging courses in Eastern North Carolina, with unmatched natural beauty. The course boardwalks cross natural wetlands and continues through an early growth maritime forest and thickets. It also wanders across pristine sand dunes. The 10K has the added challenge of running on the beach beside the Atlantic Ocean. Awards will be given. Packet pickup/late registration will be held on Friday, May 3, from 1–5:30 p.m. and on race day from 6:30–7:45 a.m. You are encouraged to sign up early at runtheeast.com. Registration prices will increase after April 30. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. MAY 4
Wooden Boat Show [ 10AM–4PM ] Whether you’re a boating enthusiast
or prefer to keep your feet on dry land, the 45th Annual Wooden Boat Show has activities for all ages. This free event celebrates the art of North Carolina traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations and activities for children. The annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 Event for the Southeast four consecutive years. At 315 Front Street, Beaufort. For information call 252-504-7740.
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Yoga at the Pug in Swansboro [ 9AM] Join The Mandala Yoga Center for an
[ 1–6PM ] Join us for a trip to the theater!
Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be providing transportation and tickets to Rivertowne Player’s production of Little Women! Check in will be at 1 p.m. at the Recreation Center (830 Main St Extension) We will be departing at 1:15 p.m. for a 3 p.m. showing. Call 910-326-2600 for more information. MAY 5
Mosquito Run 5k + 10k
Van Trip: ‘Little Women’ at Rivertowne Player
Reelin’ for Research Tournament
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Swansboro Waterfront Cruise on the Lady Swan
Swansboro Parks and Recreation is partnering with Lady Swan Boat Tours to offer a Summer Cruise Series that will run for the summer! Join us aboard the Lady Swan on Sunday afternoons for a 1-hour relaxing and scenic cruise around historic downtown Swansboro, the intra-coastal waterway and nearby Huggins Island, a part of Hammocks Beach State Park. Enjoy the sights and sounds of being on the water and if you’re lucky you may get a glimpse of some local wildlife. Check-in at 4:45 p.m., departs at 5. Cost is $10 per person (children under 2 are free). Call 910-326-2600 for more information.
outdoor yoga series. Spend your morning in the sunshine at the Pug in downtown with us. Classes will focus on the basic yoga postures, meditations and relaxation which have proven to be beneficial for men and women of all ages. The series will begin at the Pugliese Pavilion and will continue on Tuesdays through the end of May. The registration fee is $44 (drop in fee is $12). Classes will be moved indoors in case of inclement weather. Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
Essential Oils 101: Breathe Easier [ 6–7PM ] Trouble breathing to your fullest? Or
down with a cold and can’t breathe? Do seasonal allergies have your eyes watering and throat itchy? Lets explore essential oils together and start breathing properly again! Call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
[ 5–7PM ] Join us for a night full of happy trees,
Bob Ross Paint Along
happy clouds and zero mistakes—just happy accidents. Everything you need will be supplied, just bring yourself and some painting clothes. In the words of the man himself, “Let’s get a little crazy here.” Make sure to pre-register! Call 910326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension, for more information.
Carteret County Parks + Rec Beach Run Series
Flags of Fort Macon + the Confederacy
[ 10–11AM ] Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center
to learn about the wide range of flags used by the confederacy during the War Between the States. At 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. For information call 252-726-3775.
Mark your calendars for the Carteret County Parks and Recreation Beach Run Series. Join in the fun with a run on the sand. Offering 1 Mile, 5K or 10K. Fun for the entire family. No running experience needed. All ages and skill levels welcome! All runs take place on the beach at the Atlantic Beach Circle. Registration and check in from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. All races start at 6:30 p.m. Cost for the entire 7-run series is $50 per person, includes a Beach Run T-shirt. Individual races are $7 per person per race. For more details or to register and pay online, visit ccpr.recdesk.com or call 252-808-3301. €
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n a recent trip to Cape Lookout National Seashore I began to reflect on the wild, beautiful and remote undeveloped barrier island. The rhythm of nature is evident there. Waves crash, winds blow, currents shift and storms batter this land where change is certain and survival difficult. At times in life, circumstances makes us feel as the waves are crashing over us and we cannot get up; the winds blow and the currents of life shift and storms of discouragement and trouble batter us. How can we survive? I look at the lighthouse and see its beams shining bright, bringing ships home to safety. We who know Jesus as Lord and Savior are told by Him to let our light shine. If our light does shine, we will not need to tell anyone it does. Lighthouses do not fire cannons to call attention to their shining. They just shine. JOHN 8:12 Then Jesus spoke to them saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” MATTHEW 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Jesus is our light and the source of our strength. We are to be sensitive to those around us and to their needs so our light will shine effectively. The laws of physics say that reflection is a change in direction of a wavefront at an interface between two different media so that the wavefront returns into the medium from which it originated. Common examples include the reflection of light, sound and water waves. The law of reflection says that for specular reflection the angle at which the wave is incident on the surface equals the angle at which it is reflected. If we are connected to the source of our light, Jesus, it will or should reflect to those around us who we encounter every day. Be the light that helps others see. If you are feeling lost, I encourage you to find a church and enter it on Easter Sunday. Like the barrier island, the first line of defense during the storms absorbs the impact of surges and protects coastal communities and marine life—so does the church give safety and refuge. Anxiously you ask, Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction? The answer is a resounding YES! Look to the lighthouse of the Lord Jesus. There is no fog too dense, no night too dark and no gale too strong. There is no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls. It says, “This way to safety; this way to home.” €
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‘Bikes and Blooms’ Is Back
merald Isle Garden Club is sponsoring its second annual Emerald Isle Bikes and Blooms event to be held on Saturday and Sunday, May 4–5. This event was created by the Emerald Isle Garden Club to coincide with the annual Bike the Banks event and is designed to showcase the bicycle and pedestrian path known as the Emerald Path as well as the business community. During the event, bikes are decorated with a floral theme and displayed outside the entrances of participating businesses. Residents and visitors are encouraged to cast their votes for the People’s Choice Award at the Crystal Coast Welcome Center located in town. Floral decorations can range from decorating the entire bike or just bike bike parts such as handlebars, wheels, seat or a bike decorated container such as a planter. Flowers may be fresh or artificial although fresh flowers, plants and greenery are encouraged. Last year’s inaugural Bikes and Blooms event was well received by the community with close to 30 creative, imaginative and colorful displays and several hundred people enthusiastically voting for their favorites. Whether you are participating in the Bike the Banks cycling event or enjoying a weekend at the beach be on the lookout for the Bikes and Blooms event in Emerald Isle and be sure to cast your vote for your favorite. €
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OUTER BANKS WILDLIFE SHELTER
ute as a furry button, but feisty and aggressive as a hungry or perturbed bobcat, diminutive minks, although seldom seen, are quite prevalent in North Carolina. Every county has a mink presence, but they are so secretive, solitary and territorial that hardly anyone knows they’re there. They run everybody off—even other minks. Minks need to be near waterways and wetlands, so Eastern North Carolina is perfect habitat for these commonly called “water weasels,” but they can be found in the mountains and Piedmont regions of our state, too. Our coastal minks run smaller than those in the western part of the state. It’s a very rare occasion, but an infant mink was brought to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport after being found alone and in a Pamlico County resident’s driveway. After a full examination, a puncture wound was found that looked “talon-esque.” One theory suggests he was grabbed by a nocturnal raptor, possibly a great horned owl, and miraculously, he wriggled free and fell to the ground. Initially, the tiny furry find in the gravel was thought to be an otter (probably because we expect to see otters in our area and often do). Our tiny mink, who is known to be semi-aquatic, feeds on minnow-sized fish, turtles, snakes, small birds, crayfish, reptiles, crustaceans, insects, rabbits, mice and other small mammals. So you may have guessed by now—the mink is a carnivore. Minks are dainty looking but are extremely vicious and are capable of taking down prey much larger than themselves. Even though they may kill a meal that is way too much to eat all at one time, they are not wasteful—they bring the leftovers back to their den for munching later. The mink is a small mammal with a long, thin body and short, sturdy legs, a flattened head, small eyes and ears and a pointed nose.
Seldom seen, but surprisingly common in North Carolina!
Each foot has five slightly webbed toes with claws. The mink’s lustrous, waterproof fur is generally chocolate brown to black, extremely attractive and often sports a white patch on the chin or chest. Long, furred tails are brown at the base tapering to black at the tip. The American male weighs a little over two pounds and the female a little over one. Minks have excellent senses of vision, smell and hearing. They are mostly nocturnal but can be occasionally seen during the day. They are as fast if not faster than any Olympic swimmer and can also climb trees. Minks are very vocal, especially when threatened and will growl, hiss, screech or sometimes purr when perceived as happy or content. Another method of communication is to discharge a strong, musky, foul scent from their anal glands. If they are taking a skunk’s lead, something tells this author that they are not happy when they do that! Prime mink habitat includes areas with irregular shorelines, dense emergent vegetation, availability of den sites and a variety of suitable food. Although they will den just about anywhere, they prefer burrows made by other animals, usually muskrats or beavers. They may also choose dens in brush piles, log jams or cavities in the roots of trees. Mink move frequently and adopt temporary dens except when they are rearing young. Most minks are loners and typically come together only to breed, usually from late January through February. Females raise their first litter at one year of age. Minks fall into the category of over 100 mammal species in which the fertilized egg is not implanted in the womb for some time. In mink, this period of delayed implantation lasts 10-40 days and is followed by an active pregnancy of 28-30 days. One litter of 4-5 blind and hairless kits is produced each year. Kits are weaned at 6 to 10 weeks, though how long they stay with their mother depends on the species, American or European. American
mink youngsters stay with their moms longer, 6–10 months, while European kits, only 4 months. The offspring are sexually mature when one year old and females produce litters after their first breeding season. Though they are not endangered and are common throughout their widespread range across the United States (except for Arizona and Hawaii where they are nonexistent), a mink’s lifestyle is so inaccessible, they have not been intensely studied. Aside from humans, mink have few natural enemies, although they experience some mortality from dogs, bobcats, foxes, coyotes and owls. Minks need wetlands to survive, so some biologists believe that mink numbers have declined, because of the steady destruction wetland habitat. As a predator, minks are near the top of the aquatic food chain, making them susceptible to contamination within the food chain (elevated mercury concentrations have been found in mink kidneys). These studies are stated as inconclusive however, so further studies are recommended to investigate if there is a strong link between presence of environmental contaminants in mink and mink populations. Biologists acknowledge that other factors affect mink populations more gravely, such as habitat loss due to increasing development along eastern shorelines which alters both mink activity and prey abundance. Most important to the future of the mink in North Carolina is the conservation of wetlands, for their future is only as promising as that of the wetlands. Swim on, little water weasel! We were happy to be of service to you! €
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A MOMENT OF REFLECTION
DON’T MISS FOREVER FOR TODAY AN ISLAND CHURCH PERSPECTIVE
wonder what it was like that day when Jesus made his entrance into Jerusalem. It must have been a sight. The people from the city came to greet Jesus as He entered the city. Jesus made His entrance on a lowly beast of burden, a borrowed donkey. The people gathered cut palm branches. Some of the branches they laid in His path and some they waved as they shouted praises, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!” MATTHEW 21:9 There was quite a stir prior to Jesus’ coming. The Jewish nation had been under Roman rules for some time. They were weary from Roman oppression and taxation. They wanted a rebellion and to take back their nation. In their minds, Jesus was just the person to lead them. Jesus had spoken like no one before Him. Jesus spoke of things no one else could know. Jesus was proclaimed as King, and rightly so. Jesus was the Son of God, even if the people did not understand it at the time. The crowds cheered and praised Jesus as King as He entered Jerusalem. They cried out for salvation! These people were asking their rightful King to rescue them from political and oppressive rule. Even though they didn’t yet know of the crucifixion and resurrection to come, they asked Jesus to save them. The people wanted salvation, but not the salvation Jesus was bringing. The people wanted a “now” salvation and Jesus was speaking of and bringing an eternal salvation. They wanted to be saved from their current situation … their current predicament … their current circumstance. They wanted to be saved from Rome! Today, so many people make the same mistake. They called upon the King of Kings and Lord of lords to save them from their current problems but failed to call upon Him to save them for eternity. Just like the Jews shouting hosanna, so many people today shout songs of praise to Jesus but fail to receive Him as King of their life and the King of their heart. Jesus is often the King in time of need and hardship. For others, He is King when it is convenient and easy. The crowd that day really did not know what they were saying or doing. A lot of them were looking for some kind of political deliverance, but that is not the kind of victory Jesus came to win for them. That truth stands for us today as well! Jesus came to give His life as an atonement for sin. The salvation Jesus offered to them and to us today is deliverance from sin, from death and from the eternal wrath of God we bring on ourselves. When they realized Jesus was not there to lead a rebellion against Rome and He was not going to save them from their current problem, they turned on Him. No longer were they singing praises and shouting, now the same people shouted, “Crucify Him!” We do the same thing when God does not solve our current problem. We turn on God when He doesn’t answer our prayers the way we want. When He does not rescue us from our current predicament, we turn on Him. God so often receives the blame for our shortcomings… our mistakes… the mess we’ve made… He receives the blame for the consequences of a fallen world. That is not on God, that’s on us for the choices we make and the path we chose. And just like the people in Jerusalem that day, we reject God when He does not serve our purposes. Jesus’ purpose that day was to redeem the world, make a way to God and give us something we could never earn on our own. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” JOHN 3:16-17 Jesus is the resurrected King! He is the only King that can save us from ourselves and for forever. That is what the people in Jerusalem did not understand. The Good News for us is we can understand this truth today! By looking at history and what God has left us in His Word, we can know these truths today and be better for it. Jesus is more than your problem solver, Jesus is the King of the universe. Rightly so, He should be the King of your heart. Today, know that Jesus came to live and die for you. He is now resurrected and sitting at the right hand of God the Father. Through His resurrection, He conquered sin and death. We win when He sits on our throne. Today make Jesus the King of your life and don’t miss the message He brings… salvation for eternity! €
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THE ISLAND CHURCH PASTOR PAUL ORTIZ
Paul Ortiz is a follower of Jesus Christ, not religion. A husband and father, he is pastor of The Island Church in Emerald Isle. Reach him at paul@TheIslandChurchEI.org
CAPTAIN JEFF CRONK
HOOKED UP FISHING REPORT
SPRING FISHING IS HOT! A H O O K E D U P L O O K AT W H AT ’ S B I T I N G I N A P R I L
pril may still throw some cool days our way but fishing is always hot here along North Carolina’s Crystal Coast! Both our backwaters and our popular nearshore waters will be teaming with a variety of fish. Species like our redfish, Southern flounder and speckled trout that have wintered in the backwaters really turn on and will be feeding aggressively while, many other species like bluefish, sea mullet, grey trout and other bottom fish have already migrated into our backwaters from offshore or southern wintering grounds. Anglers venturing out the inlets this month will also have plenty of options to hear their drags scream. The surface will be alive with albacore, bonito, bluefish and Spanish nearshore. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of seabass, summer flounder, sea mullet, grey trout and other bottom fish around nearshore and offshore structure like our hard-bottoms, wrecks and artificial reefs. Anglers knowing what’s available both inshore and nearshore, the prime conditions to target these species and the most effective baits for each species will be very successful throughout April.
Rusty Hawkins and Wendy Shambley with some Atlantic bonito they caught with Capt. Jeff Cronk during a nearshore sightfishing trip!
Anglers looking to hook up with redfish this April will find plenty of fish working the shallow bays behind our beaches. These areas have many secondary channels that connect to our three inlets which provide a direct path for fish migrating in from the ocean. Schools of redfish will be moving throughout the backwaters feeding on blue crabs, fiddlers, mullet minnows and mud minnows. Anglers wanting to target both the redfish and flounder with the same bait should use ⅛-oz. to ¼-oz. jig heads or a spinner bait rigged with a scented soft bait like Berkley Gulp Shrimp, Pogys or Swimming Mullet. Switching over to a top-water bait will produce some insane strikes from redfish but anglers will miss out on those flounder. Although there will be some Southern flounder in these bays, the better concentration in April will be in our rivers, especially along the shorelines inside and outside large creeks. Anglers wanting to target speckled trout will find the better concentrations in the same river areas as the southern flounder. Some of the absolute best baits for targeting trout in April are Bett’s Perfect Sinker Shrimp, Bett’s Halo Shad, Mirrolure’s MR17 and Paul Brown Corkys. One of the features most critical to a good speckled trout bait is suspension time (hang time) and all of these baits share this as well as being available in a variety of colors and patterns. Top water baits will also provide excellent action that speckled trout key in on when feeding in April. If you’re wanting to take the family out for some laid-back fun and a steady bite, then set up a standard bottom rig baited with shrimp or fish bites and anchor down along the Swansboro waterfront or Emerald Isle bridge area and expect a bite almost every drop. Throughout April, these deeper hard-bottom channels will have plenty of sea mullet, bluefish, grey trout, blowfish, croakers—and even some rays—feeding well on the falling tide. Days with a good strong southwesterly wind are usually better.
FASLE ALBACORE AND BONITO!
FISH’N 4 LIFE CAPTAIN JEFF CRONK
leads fishing and nature charters on the Crystal Coast. To get out on the water with him, call 910-325-8194. You can also visit him online at nccharterfishing.com. youtube.com/user/carolinafishingtv
The inlets and nearshore hard bottoms within a couple miles of the beach will be very active with plenty of bluefish, Spanish mackerel, albacore and bonito. The surf zone will also hold blues, Spanish, albacore and a variety of bottom fish including redfish, flounder, sea mullet, blowfish, black drum, grey trout and more. Trolling these areas with clarkspoons or hard baits such as 4 to 5" Yozuri Crystal Minnows and Berkley Cutter Jerkbaits will keep a rod bending with either Bluefish or Spanish. Anglers willing to move a little farther off the surf, around our nearshore hard bottoms will find bonito and albacore throughout April. The bonito are excellent table fare and can be caught trolling the same baits or anglers can cast most 1 to 2-oz. metal baits such as diamond jigs and sting silvers to surfacing fish. While on these nearshore hard bottoms, jigging a Bett’s Flounder Fanatic Bucktail or a Berkley Fusion 19 bucktail tipped with a 4in Berkley Gulp Shrimp will produce hook-ups with big seabass, flounder and other desired bottom fish. €
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DIVING OUR COAST W H AT ’ S U N D E RWAT E R I N A P R I L
ven though spring began in March, you could not tell from the weather. At the end of the month, the night time temperatures were in the 30s. The inshore and offshore water temperatures were in the low 60s. The warming water temperatures will allow more fish to move onto the wrecks. One of the wrecks close to the warmest water, the Naeco, is known to have an abundance of lionfish early in the year. Later in the year, lionfish will be found on the Papoose, the Schurz, the U-352 and rock ledges.
THE LIONFISH ARE COMING Lionfish are native to the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean around Australia and Micronesia, but they have taken up residence in North Carolina and are thriving. In August of 2000, lionfish first appeared off of the coast of North Carolina. Over the past 12 years, lionfish have expanded their presence into the Caribbean, Florida and Mexico and as far north as Long Island. No one knows for sure how lionfish came to inhabit the Atlantic, but the most accepted theory is that Hurricane Andrew released lionfish from an aquarium into Biscayne Bay, Florida. Lionfish seen off the North Carolina coast range in size from a couple of inches to the size of a football. The sizes and concentration of lionfish here are greater than what is found in their native waters. Most are found more than 25 miles offshore on both wrecks and live bottom. Divers see the largest ones more than 30 miles offshore in water that is 140 feet deep. Lionfish are easily recognizable by their long, flowing fins. While elegant, these are the venomous parts of the lionfish. Even though they are called lionfish, they have stripes that are more like a tiger. They come in a couple of color variations, ranging from red, to brown, to almost black. Males get darker when they are ready to reproduce while females get pale when they have developing eggs. A female lionfish can produce 30,000 eggs every four days. Once the eggs are fertilized, it takes only 12 hours for the embryos to start to develop. After 18 hours, the head and eyes of the larvae are noticeable and they hatch after 36 hours. The larvae become great swimmers and hunters after only a couple days, and feed on zooplankton. When they are this size, they are most vulnerable to be eaten by predators. Within 25 to 40 days, the larvae have grown to around 12 mm. Lionfish grow and gain body mass quickly—one of the reasons they are able to avoid being eaten by predators. Their diet is composed of small game and tropical fish, shrimp and crabs. When they are hunting, they maneuver over their prey, get into in a head down position and in a blur, swoop down and gulp up their victim. Lionfish swallow their prey whole. Lionfish cannot be caught on hook and line. Some of the lobster fishermen in Florida have found that lionfish are going into their traps and are getting trapped, but attempts at using lobster traps off the Crystal Coast to catch lionfish have proven unsuccessful so far. Different configurations continue to be tried. As of now, the only successful way of catching a lionfish is by divers. Divers use pole spears to catch lionfish, one lionfish at a time. Because of the depths that divers have to go to get the larger lionfish, usually 120 to 140 feet, the amount of time the diver can spend hunting is limited. Divers can remove anywhere from 150 to 200 lionfish from some of the wrecks … and there will be little noticeable difference.
TAKE THE COURSE, CATCH ‘EM ALL The PADI Lionfish Population Control Distinctive Specialty course is designed to educate divers about lionfish and teach divers how to safely shoot lionfish. When the divers return to the dock, they are shown how to safely clean and fillet the lionfish. If you want to help reduce the lionfish population, contact Discovery Diving at firstname.lastname@example.org, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what classes, charters and events are coming up in the near future. €
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