Hunter Education course
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Hunter Education course, required for all newly-licensed hunters, will be offered on Tues., June 18 at Neuse Sport Shop in Kinston and also in Cedar Point from 5 to 9 p.m. plus two additional days.
There is no charge but preregistration is required. For more information or to sign up, go to the Wildlife Commission’s web site - www.ncwildlife.org- and click on the scrolling Hunter Education banner at the bottom of the home page.
Astronomy programs scheduled
Amateur astronomers and others who just want to know more about the night sky are invited to meet at the Cape Lookout National Seashore Visitors’ Center on Harkers Island at 8 p.m., June 22 for a program called “Celestial Navigation Along
the Graveyard of the Atlantic.” NASA Solar System Ambassador, Lisa Pelletier-Harman will give a 45-minute presentation which will be followed by opportunities to view the night sky with telescopes. Park staff and members of Crystal Coast Stargazers will assist with the latter. There will also be special activities for children.
Participants are encouraged to dress for the weather and bring water, snacks, bug repellent and flashlights with red filters (to help maintain night vision).
Individuals may also bring their own telescopes.
The program, which will be repeated on July 20, has been held previously at the Harkers Island site. It is considered “an ideal spot for learning about constellations, spotting any planets in the sky and watching for the International Space Station on one of its passes overhead.” More information is available by phoning 252-728-2250.
3-D archery tournament
The Lenoir County Archers will host a 3-D archery tournament at their range near Kinston on Saturday, June 15. Registration is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For directions or additional details, contact Danny Jones at 252-341-7762.
Land Trust acquires Craven County tract
The Coastal Land Trust has announced the acquisition of 182 acres that are surrounded by Croatan National Forest in Craven County. The tract, which includes a half-mile on Reedy Branch, a tributary of the Trent River, features wetland pocosin habitat and bottomland hardwoods. Plans are for the area to be preserved as wildlife habitat and offered to the National Forest Service for inclusion into the Croatan National Forest. It was purchased using funds from a settlement of the legal fight over the Havelock bypass project as well as a grant from the Enviva Forest Conservation Fund.
Founded in 1992, the Coastal Land Trust is one of 24 land such organizations across the state. Its focus is “saving and restoring special places in the coastal plain like barrier islands, nature parks and preserves, family farms and longleaf pine