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14 Hammocks Beach State Park Fall Marsh Cruises Offered The popular fall marsh cruises are on offer again.

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The art of saving seeds has been practiced by gardeners long before there were commercial seed companies. Because of seed saving, we have so many wonderful herloom vegetables today.

18 Ask the Aquarium: Are Dragonfiles Harmful to Humans? Dragonflies are aggressive and beautiful hunters, but are they out to get us people? If you’ve ever worried about it, turn to page 18, and relax.

14 BHA FALL FUNDRAISER At the beautiful Aiken home on Front Street in Beaufort.

14 FALL MARSH CRUISE Enjoy a cruise series through the marshes of Hammocks Beach.

20 Diving Our Coast: The Wreck of the Tamaulipas In April of 1942, the Tamaulipas, hauling 70,000 gallons of fuel oil, ran afoul of a U-boat passing Cape Lookout. Read about what happened next and how you can dive the wreck inside.

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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. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.

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Meet at the Fort Macon Visitor Center at 9 a.m. for a leisurely hike to identify birds native to the area. At 2303 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 make-and-take craft. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Register at 252-504-7758.

SEPTEMBER 11, 18, 25

Musket Firing Demonstration

[ 10–11AM ] Meet in Fort Macon to learn about a

Civil War Era musket’s history, loading procedures and firing. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.

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Natural Side of Fort Macon

[ 10–11AM ] Meet in the Visitor Center lobby for

a leisurely hike exploring the natural side of Fort Macon. Hike will cover both trail and beach. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.

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SALLY BARRIS IN CONCERT

The Down East Folk Arts Society presents Sally Barris, world-class singer/songwriter, in concert at Clawson’s Restaurant in Beaufort. Admission is free, donations welcome.

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Down East Folk Arts Society Concert: Sally Barris

In keeping with our mission “To Build Community Through Music,” the Down East Folk Arts Society will once again be bringing world-class singer-songwriters to Craven County and the Crystal Coast this fall. Recognized as one of the finest in the folky, Americana genre today, Sally Barris holds her own as both an evocative singer and striking songwriter. Ever since she moved to Nashville from her Minnesota home to dedicate her life to songwriting, Sally has led a storied career. She’s had songs recorded by Kathy Mattea, Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride, received a Grammy nomination and is now making a living as a traveling performer. She often lends her talents to a trio called the Waymores, joining hit songwriters Don Henry and Tom Kimmel for funfilled and music-thrilled shows. For September’s performances, Sally plays by her lonesome using her sensitive finger-picking style to accompany her sweet soprano with a strong selection of original material. Down East Folk Arts Society presents Sally at Clawson’s. Dinner and drinks available before the show. All shows are free, but donations are suggested. Location: 425 Front Street, Beaufort.

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Golden Pirates on the Silver Screen: Treasure Planet [ NOON–8PM ] Golden Pirates on the Silver Screen

is a new monthly movie series. The museum will show the features at noon, 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. in the museum’s auditorium. Admission is free and everyone who attends all five showings will receive a free pirate hat. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-504-7740. SEPTEMBER 14–15

Intro to Wooden Boat Building [ 9AM–4:30PM ] Explore the art of boatbuilding

in this two-day, hands-on course. Students ages 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. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Register by calling 252-504-7758.

SEPTEMBER 14

Day4Kids at Emerald Isle [ 10AM–2PM ] Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation,

along with the Emerald Isle Business Association and other sponsors, will host the 14th annual Day4Kids at the Emerald Isle Community Center. Day4Kids brings adults and children of all ages together for a free fun-filled day of vendors, activities, games and more! This event is for families to come together and make memories, share a day and spend meaningful time together. Some of the attractions and activities this year include a foam party, aquarium touch tank, dancing, hotdogs and popsicles, inflatable rides and more. There will be several vendors giving away gifts and information. This event is free to the public. For more information on the event or how to become a vendor visit www.emeraldisle-nc. org or contact Whitney Smith at 252-354-6350 or wsmith@emeraldisle-nc.org.

SEPTEMBER 14

Living History Weekend Re-enactors with the 1st NC Volunteers will be spending the weekend at Fort Macon presenting the public with special events and programs. Events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and may include flag talks, women’s dress talks, musket drills and artillery demonstrations. A skirmish scenario will take place at 1:30 p.m. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775.


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Trip To the Theater: ‘I Hate Hamlet’

Join us for a trip to the theater! Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be providing transportation and tickets to New Bern Civic Theatre’s production of I Hate Hamlet. As its title suggests, Paul Rudnick’s 1991 play I Hate Hamlet deals with the question of just how relevant William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is for modern audiences. The play centers around a young actor who has just earned fame and fortune on a television doctor show and is apprehensive about returning to New York to play Hamlet in the prestigious Shakespeare in Central Park festival. To add to his insecurities, his realtor has rented him an apartment once inhabited by John Barrymore, who many consider to have given one of the greatest performances of Hamlet in the 20th century. A séance brings the ghost of John Barrymore back to the apartment. Barrymore offers guidance to the young actor, who has to decide between the easy money that he could make with a new television series and the confidence to be gained by facing the world’s most difficult acting challenge. Rudnick fills the play with laughs, as he lightly satirizes greedy realtors, vacuous Hollywood producers, pretentious but well-meaning actresses and harddrinking, womanizing actors. Check in will be at 12:15 p.m. at the Recreation Center (830 Main Street Extension). We will be departing at 12:30 p.m. for a 2 p.m. showing. For more information or registration go online to swansboro.recdesk. com, call 910-326-2600 or stop by the center. No unaccompanied minors.

SEPTEMBER 16

Red Cross Blood Drive

Swansboro Parks and Recreation will be hosting an American Red Cross blood drive from 3 to 7 p.m. In order to make this event happen, we need donors to please go online and sign up for a time slot. Please visit redcross.org/give-blood and find the drive scheduled for September 16 at 830 Main Street Extension and help save a life. For more information please visit swansboro.recdesk.com, www.redcross.org/give-blood, stop by 830 Main Street Extension or call 910-326-2600

SEPTEMBER 16

Fellowship Night: Origami

[ 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. We extend this invitation to anyone who is in their senior year of high school and above. For more information, call 910-326-2600 or come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro.recdesk.com SEPTEMBER 17

Kayak the Salt Marsh

[ 9AM–NOON ] Learn about local history while

on the water. Basic instruction and safety lessons are followed by a relaxing paddle through a salt marsh. Participants must know how to swim and some kayak experience is recommended. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under 12. Cost is $35 ($20 with own kayak). Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Preregistration required; register at 252-504-7758. SEPTEMBER 17

BHA Membership Meeting and Volunteer Picnic [ 5:30–7:30PM ] The Semi-Annual Membership

Meeting will be held on the grounds of the Beaufort Historic Site. A picnic with all the trimmings to honor is featured for all those who volunteer for the Beaufort Historical Association and its many events and activities. There will be a very brief business meeting, which includes the election of new Board of Governors members. Location: 100 Turner Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-728-5225

SEPTEMBER 19

Alive at Five Outdoor Concert: Jim Quick & Coastline [ 5–8PM ] This free, family-friendly concert series

showcases some of your favorite bands from June to October. Alive at Five is held in Jaycee Park on the downtown Morehead City waterfront. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join us for music and dancing. Beer, wine and sodas are

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available for purchase at the event. Jaycee Docks are available for boats to dock for free throughout the concert on most Alive at Five days. Stay tuned to the Downtown Morehead City, Inc. Facebook page as we continue to announce this year’s lineup. Questions? Contact Downtown Morehead City, Inc. at 252-808-0440 or info@ downtownmoreheadcity.com. See y’all downtown! SEPTEMBER 20

Lookout Shootout Fun Run

[ 9AM–NOON ] What started out as a boyhood

passion has become one of the most popular events on the Morehead City Waterfront. A small group of volunteers put together an event for the locals and invited guests and participants from as far away as Florida. We welcome everyone to the Crystal Coast, one of the most beautiful coasts on the east coast. Let’s take a ride in our boats for a good cause. NC East Sports, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to engage, gather and inspire family, friends and visitors of all ages from all over the country to the Crystal Coast, focusing on local support for a seasonal community and provide an action pact event for participants and spectators and boating enthusiasts​. We consider the Lookout Shootout Fun Run a welcome addition to all the activities that take place on and around the intracoastal waterway. The Fun Run is a Saturday event that takes you to stops in Oriental, Cape Lookout, Beaufort and Morehead City to compete for the best poker hand. There is a blackjack option available as well. Location: 513 Evans Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-5150301. SEPTEMBER 20

Lopez Tabor Duo To Perform at St. Francis By The Sea On Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m., the Lopez Tabor Duo will perform in the sanctuary of St. Francis by the Sea. Alfonso Lopez, violin and Michelle Tabor, piano, will present, “A Musical Tour from 17th Century Europe to 21st Century Latin America.” This varied program is divided into two parts separated by a brief intermission. This is a non-ticketed concert provided by the Carteret Arts Forum. Donations are welcome and will support the St. Francis Concert Series. The Lopez Tabor Duo have performed and toured

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SEPTEMBER 20

Astronomy at Fort Macon [ 8–9PM ] Come out to the Beach Access

(bathhouse) parking lot at Fort Macon and join us for a night of astronomy. Ranger Paul Terry will discuss the night sky and we will have telescopes set up for viewing the heavens. This is a clear weather event. If you have a telescope feel free to bring it. No pets please. Location: 2303 East Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Contact: 252-726-3775. SEPTEMBER 21

How to Interpret Doodles

[ 11AM-NOON ] Learn the meanings of straight

lines, curves, arrows, squares, triangles, circles, squiggles, hearts, angles, spirals and arches. By examining shapes, you will find the messages hidden in doodles! You can sign up ahead by making a call to 910-326-2600 or coming by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension. You can register online at swansboro. recdesk.com.

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Journey Into Autumn Day of Fun, Food + Face Painting

Join us for a day of fun, food, face painting, artist, crafters and artisans. Enjoy wine from Bennett Vineyards, music by The Mad Fiddler, Franks Franks Food, Jitterz Coffee and Beverages. A gift basket will be raffled off with the proceeds to benefit Paws Animal Shelter and The Domestic Violence Women’s Shelter. We will have something for everone! Location: 1001 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (weather permitting). SEPTEMBER 21

Emerald Isle Fall Fishing Tournament

[ 6AM–4PM ] The 1 annual Emerald Isle st

Fishing Tournament will be a family-friendly king mackerel tournament where elite and sport fishermen alike can compete and provide a positive environment for young anglers—100% of the entry fees are paid directly to the participants in the forms of prizes and other awards. Location: 7500 Emerald Drive, Emerald Isle.

SEPTEMBER 21

Sports Center Chum Run

The 5th Annual Sports Center Chum Run is a 5k obstacle run to benefit children’s programs at Camp Albemarle. There are approximately 15 obstacles of all types, including an open water swim, to challenge your strength and endurance. The Little Chummers Run for ages 7–15 makes this a fun event for the whole family. Participants swim, jog, crawl, climb, slide and jump their way to the finish line, where fans, refreshments and showers are waiting. Multiple heats accommodate participants of different ages and abilities. A timing system is provided for a select number of heats, but the goal is to have fun completing the event. Must be 16 to participate in main event. Choose to complete both the run and the swim or just the run. Participants must complete both run and swim to be eligible for awards. Location: 156 Albemarle Drive, Newport. Contact: 252-7264848.

SEPTEMBER 21

Blue Knights Chapter XVII Officer Down Memorial Ride

Doughnuts and coffee before the ride and hot dogs, burgers and fixin’s for lunch. There will be a 50/50 raffle, award for best-represented club, youngest rider and greatest distance traveled. Ride will end at the Shell Point on Harkers Island. Ferry service to the lighthouse will be available. Call 252728-7433 for reservations. Registration at 10 a.m., kickstands up at 11 a.m. Ride starts at Carteret Community College in Morehead City. You won’t want to miss it. Invite some friends. Other MCs welcome! Show your support for those who have given their all for us. Location: 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City. Contact: 252-670-5855. SEPTEMBER 21

Aids To Navigation Sunset Cruise

[ 2–8PM ] America’s Boating Club of the Crystal

Coast presents its popular program, Aids To Navigation Sunset Cruise. Navigation Markers: Buoys & Beacons—what they tell boaters and how to identify them day and night, on the water and on the charts. Program and dinner at Sanitary Restaurant followed by a sunset cruise aboard the Carolina Princess. Advance registration required. Admission fee. Location: Sanitary Fish Market and Restaurant, Evans Street, Morehead City. Contact: 508-360-0107. SEPTEMBER 26

Explore Rachel Carson Reserve On A Guided Hike [ 9–11:30AM ] Discover the various plants and

animals of the Rachel Carson Reserve. A guided hike will take you through Town Marsh and Bird Shoal. Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult; not suitable for children under 12. Preregistration is required. Location: 315 Front Street, Beaufort. Contact: 252-504-7758.

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SEPTEMBER 27

Makeup Class with Marissa Davis, MUA

[ 6:30–8PM ] Marissa Davis MUA is ready to help

you put on a fresh face for fall, so come learn how to refine, update or change your look all together! Register ahead to and please feel free to bring your own makeup to learn tips and techniques to freshen up your look. Marissa will have her whole kit with her so don’t worry if you only have mascara and lip balm in your makeup drawer now. For more information or to register, call 910326-2600, come by the Swansboro Recreation Center, 830 Main Street Extension or go online to swansboro.recdesk.com. For more information on Marissa, visit her on Facebook at www.facebook. com/missrissbeauty/. SEPTEMBER 27–28

Beaufort’s Brewin’ Craft Beer Festival

Prepare to raise a glass to mark Beaufort Wine and Food’s fourth annual craft beer festival, Beaufort’s Brewin’. The two-day festival will feature a variety of events held in Beaufort and will range in size from beer dinners, luncheons and seminars to the headline event—Beer, Bubbles and BBQ—held in downtown Beaufort. Partnering with regional distributors and over two dozen breweries from across the state and beyond, BWF has crafted a stellar lineup of events to generate great exposure for the organization and the Crystal Coast. Over the course of two days, guests are immersed in a number of beer-focused events. Friday there will be a beer seminar, beer dinners and a crowd favorite, the Pub Crawl. Saturday leads up to the headline event for the festival—Beer, Bubbles and BBQ—which will be held in the West Parking lot (400 block of Front Street) in downtown Beaufort from 3 to 7 p.m. and features over 25 craft breweries and brew pubs, with a sampling from across the state and beyond. Guests will have the chance to vote for their favorite brewery during the event and the winner will be announced at the event. In addition to tasting dozens of beers at Beer, Bubbles and BBQ , guests will be treated to a variety of BBQ and sides, as a number of regional pitmasters put their best dish forward in a People’s Choice BBQ competition. Live music will round out the entertainment for the afternoon event. Proceeds from ticket sales go towards BWF’s mission to support local charities and non-profits that strive to improve life in Carteret County. Tickets to Beer, Bubbles and BBQ will be available at the door the day of the event. Tickets to all other events vary and must be purchased in advance, as some events are expected to sell out. Information is available online at beaufortwineandfood.com, by calling 252-5150708 or stopping by the BWF office at 129 Middle Lane, Beaufort.


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volleyball courts, parking areas, etc.). Liquor is prohibited. No beer or wine will be sold on site. Parking will be permitted along the grassy NC58 right of way. The only handicapped parking available will be at the Western Ocean Regional Access. Call 252-354-6350 for more details.

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Barktober Fest in AB

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join Coldwell Banker Spectrum Properties and the Town of Atlantic Beach for a tail-wagging good time! Barktober Fest will feature: On-site pet adoptions by Misplaced Mutts, pet product and service vendors, food trucks, live music and more! Be sure to enter your pup into of the following contests: Best Trick, Loudest Bark, Highest Jump and Costume Contest! Additional details to come. Location: 915 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach. Questions? Contact Morgan Gilbert at 252-726-4456

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Garner’s Corn Maze Opening Weekend!

Garner’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch is a partnership of Garner Farms and Garner’s Landscaping and The Plant Stand. With our fifth year underway, we hope to continue to provide the community with more fun-filled fall activities and a place for families and schools to come together and enjoy the changing of the seasons and holidays. We invite you and your loved ones to come out and enjoy the Corn Maze, Pumpkin Patch and Activity Center throughout the autumn months. Admission includes entrance to corn maze, activity center and hay rides (picked pumpkins are extra). Location: 5884 U.S. 70, Newport. Contact: 252241-1184.

The largest three-day festival in North Carolina, its highlights are an endless variety of seafood prepared in a multitude of ways, street dances, concerts, arts and crafts (about 200 vendors), Flounder Fling and an international awardwinning Chef ’s Tent, Southern Outer Banks boat show, educational exhibits, hands-on programs for kids and rides and games. Saturday night fireworks are enjoyed by festival goers and neighbors alike. The festivities are spread from the North Carolina State Port to 11th Street on the beautiful Morehead City waterfront. Free parking is available at the port on Saturday and Sunday with shuttles transporting festival-goers to the fun. Admission is always free, but bring cash for all the extras that will tempt your wallet!

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The largest 3-day festival in North Carolina, the Seafood Festival takes off with an endless variety of seafood, vendors, concerts, arts, crafts, rides and fun. Free parking and shuttle. begins at 7 a.m. in Beaufort and runners travel over the new Beaufort Bridge, the Morehead City Bridge past the port and across the Atlantic Beach Bridge to finish on the ocean side of the Atlantic Beach Causeway. The 5K begins at 7:30 a.m. near the festival grounds. The registration site will be available soon, so stay tuned! Be a part of this oneof-a-kind inaugural event! OCTOBER 5

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Scarecrows, pumpkins, pies, apples, cider, donuts and more! Join us in the celebration of fall. We will have vendors, food, drinks and family fun. Pet friendly, games, kid corner with activities including paint your own pumpkin enter a Jack-o-latern contest (more details to come), live music, beer and wine garden and more! Location: 307 Cedar Point Boulevard, Cedar Point.

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hat have we here?” That was the first question asked by our intake personnel when the most unfamiliar ducklings were admitted to the Outer Banks Wildlife Shelter in Newport recently. We’re knowledgeable of all the colorations and patterns for ducklings known to these parts of coastal Carolina, but these little quackers presented an identity crisis. The tiny orphaned ducks of splotchy yellow and black with short black bills were a mystery and didn’t seem to be from around here. It took a while to research, but we found them! Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks are normally found in the southernmost United States, such as Florida, Texas and Louisiana, as well as South America. We know that animals are on the move, but this is a first for us with Black-Bellied Whistlers. The gentleman who brought them in initially thought they were Wood Ducks and said he found them while walking his tobacco field in Beaufort before harvest. A large colorful duck flew up from the ground as he passed the nesting area and noticed the little fluff balls under the leaves. He decided to wait and check later to see if their Mom would return, but after a few hours and no sight of Momma Duck, he changed course and figured the best thing to do was transport them to the wildlife shelter, especially since they would be in extreme danger when harvesting commenced. Nesting in a field is unusual for Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks, who are also called BlackBellied Tree Ducks, because they like to perch or rest on low limbs above water. They may also perch high in dead trees if they are nesting in tree cavities or hollows. So, this nesting in a tobacco field is quite rare. The plumage of the Black-Bellied Whistler babies looks totally different from the adult parents’. With one look at Whistling Duck parents and their brood, you see a totally mix and match family where you’d swear adoption took place, but that’s not the case. The adult black-bellied whistling duck is a colorful midsized waterfowl species. It ranges in length from 19 to 22 inches with a brown wingspan of 30 to 37 inches and weighs 1.5 to 2.2 pounds. It is adorned with a brilliant pink-orange bill; has a long, pale gray neck and legs and is accented with a solid black belly and tail. The extensive white under their wings is exposed in flight and matches the distinct eye-ring. Adult male and females, who remain monogamous like the geese and swans rather than ducks, look similar, but the hatchlings look nothing like mom and dad, at least for quite a while! They are called “whistlers” because these social ducks are boisterous and noisy waterfowl with a very clear whistling “waa-chooo” call. They have also been referred to as “squealers,” due to their high-pitched vocalizations. The

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Whistling Ducks! Word is that these ducks normally found in the southernmost United States and South America are expanding northward—and we have first-hand evidence!

Black-Bellied Whistling Duck eats mainly during the night and enjoys huge amounts of plant material and seeds, which sheds some light on the decision of our BB ducklings’ parents to nest in the tobacco field. And because they are seed eaters, noisy flocks of these gaudy ducks are known to drop into fields to forage on seeds and waste grain left behind after harvest. They will also consume arthropods and invertebrates such as insects and snails when available, but those choices only make up 10% of their diet. During breeding season, the bonded parents search for tree cavities or the confines of a hollow tree, but as a last resort will nest on the ground. They occasionally find chimneys, abandoned buildings or nest boxes appealing as nest sites too, but always choose a site close to a water source. Cavity nests usually remain bare, but ground nests are woven of grasses and weeds. Females may lay 12 to 16 whitish eggs in their nest or lay their eggs in a large community nest with eggs from other females. The community nests are called “dump nests” and may contain 50 to 60 eggs. Incubation is provided by both sexes in a single nest for 25-30 days, but numerous contributions for incubation by the flock occurs in a “dump nest.” The young are tended to by both parents or all the parents. The splotchy, black and yellow ducklings in cavity nests can climb the walls of a hollow and leap from those high nest cavities to the ground within two days after hatching, be able to feed themselves immediately and will stay with the parents for up to eight weeks until they fledge. The longevity of a BB Whistling Duck is around eight years, but the oldest on record is a male who clocked out at 10 years, 7 months.

The word is that these ducks are expanding northward and we have first-hand evidence of that! So, if you live in a wetlands area and want to welcome their arrival and since BlackBellied Whistling Ducks take readily to nest boxes, you might want to construct a nest box out of half-inch marine plywood. It should be about 24 inches high at the front and 20 inches at the back, with a hole about 5 to 6 inches in diameter. Situate the nest box on a pole or in the trees adjacent to marshlands and they will feel right at home. Also, when you’re out for a walk on trails in marsh or wetlands in a month or two and you hear someone whistling at you, please don’t get offended. It may very well be one of our recently released Black-Bellied Whistling Ducks just making their presence known or communicating with BB Whistler friends and family. No offense … really! €

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t is almost time for the Beaufort Historical Association’s annual Fall Fundraising Party! This year’s party will take place at the Aiken home at 2011 Front Street in Beaufort on October 12 at 6:30 p.m. The party will feature the artwork of Gosia Tojza, delicious food from the Beaufort Grocery Company and classic jazz music performed by Blue Moon Jazz. The Aiken home is owned by brothers George and Hovey Aiken and their wives, Debbie and Josephine. Nestled right on Front Street, the home has stunning views of Taylor’s Creek and Carrot Island. If you’re lucky enough, you may catch a glimpse of wild horses on the island. It has a beautiful yard with a spacious porch and backyard, as well as gorgeous live oak trees that have been uniquely shaped from storms and winds over the years. Not only will guests enjoy mingling at this lovely home, but they will also be surrounded by exquisite art. Gosia Tojza will be this year’s Fall Party featured artist. Gosia has been one of the best-selling artists in the Mattie King Davis Art Gallery since she moved to Beaufort on her boat in 2016. Her artwork is just like her personality, fun and full of life. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.beauforthistoricsite.org, stop in at the Beaufort Historic Site Welcome Center or call 252-728-5225. Sponsorships for the party are also available online and through phone. €

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ammocks Beach State Park and FHBI are once again offering their popular marsh cruise programs. The one and a half to two-hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island and Swansboro on a 35 passenger Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat. Again, this year we plan to have each cruise focus on different aspects of the park and local community. In the past, topics included the history of the park; the part the NC Teachers Association and Hammocks Beach Corp played in forming the park; ghosts of Swansboro, a costume cruise; pirates; the natural environment; military history; and even bootlegging history. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. The cruises will take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from to 3 p.m. beginning on Wednesday, September 4 and continuing through Wednesday, November 20. There will not be a cruise on Saturday, October 12, due to the Swansboro Mullet Festival. A minimum donation of $15 per passenger secures a seat on the cruise. Additional donations are welcome and can be and can be made online at fhbi.org/ donate or during the cruise. There is a minimum of 20 passengers per tour in order to leave the dock so please sign up early. Proceeds from this year’s marsh cruises will benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., the non-profit 501(c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park. Some of the most recent projects the friends have helped with is purchasing five children’s kayaks to assist with the development of a kids kayaking orientation and camp, purchase of a touch tank for live specimen programs, materials for a story walk trail, two projectors in the auditorium for programs, along with educational and support materials and supplies for special events including Military Appreciation Day; as well as ongoing educational and interpretive programs. Proceeds this year will go toward events, educational programs, special projects, as well as any assistance that may be requested by Hammocks Beach State Park or the Division of Parks and Recreation. For more information on registering for a cruise, go to fhbi.org and click Marsh Cruise or The Park/Events and Activities/Calendar. You can also go directly to fhbi.org/Marsh-Cruise. €


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he art of saving seed has been practiced by gardeners long before there were commercial seed companies. It is because of seed saving that we have so many wonderful heirloom vegetable varieties today. By saving seeds from your healthiest, most productive plants, your seed collection will adapt and become accustomed to your local climate, growing conditions and pests. Saving seeds from successful crops is easy and ensures continuity in your home garden from year to year. Seed saving is simple enough to accomplish, but there are several factors that must be considered. You must select suitable plants from which to save seeds, harvest seeds at the correct time, and store them properly through the winter months. It is important that you save seed from only heirloom or open-pollinated varieties and not hybrid plants.

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OPEN POLLINATED Open pollinated plants are naturally pollinated by insects or wind to produces the next generation. The vegetables produced from these seeds will be similar to the produce of the parent plant and will gradually evolved to withstand local conditions.

HEIRLOOM Heirloom plants are open-pollinated varieties that have a history of being passed down for 50 or more years within a family or community. Heirlooms are all open-pollinated plants, but not all open-pollinated plants are heirlooms.

HYBRID Hybrid varieties are commercially produced seeds that combine certain traits in order to produce larger yields or specific characteristics. Saving hybrid seeds do not breed true. They can be infertile or produce different traits than the parent plant affecting taste and quality. Gardeners who use hybrid plant varieties must purchase new seed each year. Be sure to choose only healthy plants for seed saving. Avoid saving seed from weak plants or plants with undesirable characteristics. Stunted or sickly plants should not be harvested for seed. Choose mature, ripe produce for seed harvesting. An unripe fruit or vegetable may have immature seeds which will not be as viable.

SEED SAVING METHODS There are two methods of seed saving: wet and dry. Many types of seeds can be saved by collecting dry seeds from the spent plant. THE DRY METHOD of seed saving can be used for plants such as beans, broccoli, peas, and corn. Pull the seeds from their plants or pods and dry in a single layer in a well ventilated area. THE WET METHOD works for seeds that are wet when fully ripe, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, melons and squashes. Cut open the vegetable and scrape out seeds. To remove the gelatinous covering, soak seeds and their pulp in water and allow to ferment for 2-3 days, swirling or stirring daily. After a few days, the seeds should become free from the pulp and sink to the bottom. Once this occurs, pour the liquid away and rinse the seeds. Lay them on a paper towel to dry. Make sure they are fully dried before storing. Seeds should be stored in individual envelopes, in an airtight container in a cool, dry place. Humidity and moisture will damage your seeds and render them useless, so it is important to keep the envelopes in an airtight container of some sort. You can add a silica packet to the container as extra insurance for moisture control. It is very important to label your collected seed. Make sure to label each envelope with the name, variety and date that the seed was collected. This will ensure that you know what you are sowing come spring and you will also be able to evaluate how successful each seed saving project was. The seeds you have saved will germinate best the following year. After that, germination rates will decline depending on the variety of seed and storage conditions.

JUST MASTER THE BASICS Seed saving is pretty simple once you understand the basics. With a little forethought you can grow better seed than you could ever buy. Save seeds from your garden to use in the following years or to swap with other gardeners for new varieties come spring. â‚Ź

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eptember offers up many opportunities for anglers fishing the nearshore waters along the Crystal Coast. There will be a plethora of bait moving out of the inlets which will cause large Spanish and king mackerel to feed aggressively along our nearshore live bottoms and around our inlet tidelines. Slow trolling 4 to 6" live menhaden or mullet will produce some amazing strikes on light tackle this month. I prefer to fish these baits on a rig consisting of 2 No. 4 gold trebles rigged on about 12 to 15 inches of 30 to 40-lb. seven-strand wire.

INSHORE FISHIING As fall approaches, there are large numbers of shrimp and finger mullet working their way out of our coastal rivers and moving into the open sounds and closer to the inlets. Redfish and speckled trout begin to congregate in good numbers along the coastal waters in Sept and October to take advantage of this bait. Early mornings as well as late afternoons are great times to avoid the heat and crowd to take advantage of these popular species. I guide my clients to these fish using a variety of artificial and natural baits. Berkley Gulp baits and soft plastics fished on jig heads, top water baits, mirrolure sinking twitch baits and live bait fished under slip corks are all effective baits. We’ll find fish on the grass flats, sand flats, mud flats and around structure like oyster beds, docks and rock piles. Regardless of which situation you’re fishing, it’s important to use baits that closely mimic the bait in the area and can be effectively fished based on water depth and the tidal speed. €

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eptember is when the water normally begins to start cooling. The offshore water temperatures have been around 78 degrees on the bottom and the surface temperatures have been 82 to 84 degrees. Water temperatures should remain in the low 70s throughout September. Opportunities to see migrating marine life will offer additional possibilities to the ever-present diverse marine life off of the Crystal Coast.

THE TAMAULIPAS

The Tamaulipas is commonly called the Far East Tanker—not because it comes from the Far East, but because it lies far east from shore. The Tamaulipas is a 435-foot-long tanker that is in 159 feet of water, with the highest points around 125 feet. The bow and the stern are about two miles apart. Even though both sections are intact, the stern section is upright and the bow section is upside down. Because of the strong currents in the area, there is little growth on the bow section. In recent years, the bow has started to collapse. The Tamaulipas was built in 1919 in Sparrows Point, Maryland for the Mexican Trading and Shipping Company in New York. Originally named the Hugoton, the Tamaulipas was renamed for a Mexican state that borders the Gulf of Mexico. Operating out of Wilmington, Delaware, the Tamaulipas carried fuel oil between Tampico, Mexico and New York. On April 2, 1942, the Tamaulipas, under the command of Captain Allan Falkenburg, left Tampico, Mexico, with 70,000 gallons of fuel oil. On April 9, the Tamaulipas was passing Cape Lookout. At the time, the wartime Navy regulations stated that ships had to pass by Cape Hatteras during daylight hours. Captain Falkenburg continued northeast toward Cape Hatteras into the night. At 10 p.m., a lookout spotted a torpedo passing astern of the ship. Without further sightings, the rest of the crew thought the lookout was mistaken, but Captain Falkenburg started zigzagging the ship as a precaution. Every 10 minutes, the ship would alter course from 20 degrees to the left from the base course to 20 degrees to the right. Another lookout reported hearing the sound of an engine astern of the Tamaulipas. Captain Falkenburg immediately ordered the Tamaulipas to turn 50 degrees to starboard to make his ship a smaller target for a possible training U-boat. At 12:20 a.m., a single torpedo slammed into the starboard side of the ship in the Number 5 tank. The U-552, under the command of Korvettenkapitän Topp had spotted the Tamaulipas shortly before midnight about 20 miles northeast of Cape Lookout. The torpedo ignited the fuel oil with a tremendous explosion. The ship broke in half and the fuel oil went up in flames and was fanned by a southeast wind. The regular and emergency radio transmitters had been destroyed. Captain Falkenburg ordered the crew of 37 to abandon ship. Within five minutes, all of the crew, except for two who were killed in the blast, had abandoned ship in the Number 1 and Number 3 lifeboats. The HMS Norwich City, a British armed trawler, picked up the 35 survivors after being in the water for an hour and a half; they were taken to Morehead City. The Crystal Coast has some of the best wreck diving and large animal encounters in the world. For more information about charters, contact Discovery Diving at dive@discoverydiving. com, 252-728-2265 or like us on Facebook to see what charters, classes and events are coming up in the near future. €

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