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Pea Island Life Savers are topic of NC Aquarium this winter

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, January 26th, 2015

Warm up this winter with harrowing tales of courage and battles against the odds from Life-Saving Station #17.  The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island will feature showings of “Rescue Men,” a documentary chronicling the story of the all black crew of surf men stationed on the Outer Banks from the late 1800s up to 1947. Led by local Richard Etheridge, the Pea Island crew was the first entirely black crew and one of the most courageous of the Life-Saving Service,  which was the precursor of today’s U.S. Coast Guard. Join the Aquarium in celebrating Black History Month with free viewings each Sunday in February at 1:30 p.m.

Richard Etheridge and his crew of all black life savers, historic rescues and challenges during their time.

Richard Etheridge and his crew of all black life savers, historic rescues and challenges during their time.

Afterwards, view the in-house exhibit dedicated to the Pea Island Life Savers and visit the on-site memorial and gravesite of Richard Etheridge and his family. “Rescue Men” will be available for purchase in the Aquarium gift shop.

The NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island is at 374 Airport Road, Manteo, NC. For more information, please call 252-475-2300, or visit ncaquariums.com.

 

Aqua Tots Program Free with Admission

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

The Aquarium is offering ”Aqua Tots” programs for toddlers (ages 2-5), and each is free with regular admission! Parents can sit back and relax as the little ones play and learn while accompanied by our education staff. Children will be introduced to an animal topic or a nature theme through stories and hands-on learning.

January 27 – Ocean ABC’s

Learn facts about the ocean and its residents that go along with each letter of the alphabet.

February 10 – Invertebrates

What is an invertebrate? Toddlers learn the answer and explore the world of sea urchins, octopuses and lobsters.

February 24 – Alligators

Educators introduce participants to the habitat, diet, and behavior of these toothy reptiles.

All “Aqua Tots” programs begin at 11 a.m. and last for approximately one hour. Spaces are limited, so reserve a spot for your child today!

Free admission on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

News Article From: Roanoke Island,Uncategorized on Monday, January 12th, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked this question: “What did you do to help others?”

In honor of Dr. King, the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is offering free admission on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday, January 19. Bring family and friends and enjoy exhibits, live animals and educational programs. A live dive presentation is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. Although admission is free, visitors are encouraged to bring canned goods to contribute to the local food pantry.

‘Wildlife of the Outer Banks’ – Nature Photography by Jeff Lewis

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, January 5th, 2015
Heron in the Grass, photograph by Jeff Lewis

Heron in the Grass, photograph by Jeff Lewis

Spectacular and flamboyant, subdued and revealing, tiny or tremendous – nature through the lens of photographer Jeff Lewis takes the viewer into another world where we meet an amazing variety of birds, mammals and reptiles that make Dare County their home.

Jeff is a prolific photographer and attributes his success to his love and respect for nature. His lifelong passion for wildlife is reflected in the quality of his work. He has been widely published in numerous books and magazines, including The Illustrated Birds of North Carolina, The North Carolina Birding Trail regional guides, “Wildlife in North Carolina,” “Audubon” and “Garden and Gun” magazines, as well as in newspapers throughout North Carolina, in US Fish and Wildlife and National Park Service publications.

“Wildlife on the Outer Banks”  is on display at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island January through mid-April.

 

A Ton of Love Food Drive!

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Volunteer Divers of the Year

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Monday, December 15th, 2014
Jan Morgan, Co-Volunteeer Diver of the Year, Lerin' Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Left to right, Jan Morgan, Co-Volunteeer Diver of the Year, Lerin’ Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Eric Almarode, Co-volunteer Diver of the Year, Lerin' Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

Left to right, Eric Almarode, Co-volunteer Diver of the Year, Lerin’ Pierce, Jason Shermeta and Shannon Brooks.

The North Carolina Aquarium Volunteer 2014 Divers of the Year are Eric Almarode and Jan Morgan.

Eric began his volunteer service in October 2013. He contributes to dive operations by diving each week with his regularly scheduled dive team, substituting when other divers are absent, and lending a hand with special event activities. In just over a year, Eric has given 190 hours of service and logged 105 dives for the Aquarium.

Jan Morgan began her volunteer service at the Aquarium in July 2008 and has been a weekly diver ever since. She also contributes by diving during special events. She keeps up with changing times, too, by maintaining her certifications and training for this year’s increased physical standards for divers. In her six years of  volunteering, Jan has given 540 hours of service and logged 262 dives for the Aquarium. Congratulations Jan and Eric. Well done!

Unpaid Intern receives special honors

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Unpaid intern Marissa Bijarro received special honors for her volunteer service to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.

Marissa Bijarro, unpaid intern receives special honors from Brian Dorn, assistant director, operations and husbandry and Shannon Brooks, volunteer coordinator.

Marissa Bijarro (left), unpaid intern, receives special honors from Brian Dorn (center), assistant director, operations and husbandry and Shannon Brooks, volunteer coordinator.

Having completed her B.S. in biology, with a specialization in marine and aquatic biology at Bowling Green University, Marissa was eager to get hands-on experience in her field. In July 2014, she successfully competed and earned her place as an unpaid intern at the Aquarium’s new STAR Center. She moved to Roanoke Island and began her service in August.

In only four months she has given more than 596 hours of service to the Aquarium! She has learned unique skills, such as how to collect blood samples from turtles, proper handling and transportation of sick and injured sea turtles, and how to expertly administer medical treatments to marine reptiles. She has also honed her public speaking skills by volunteering at the STAR Center, where staff interact with the fascinated public who come to see the sea turtles. Marissa is a natural at educating visitors and a sponge when it comes to learning all she can from staff. Thanks to an unexpected financial turn of events, the STAR Center was able to temporarily fund Marissa’s hard work and she wrapped up her internship last week by officially becoming a paid staff person at the STAR Center of the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island!

Congratulations Marissa!

Lorraine Diver, Volunteer of the Year

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Lorraine Diver is the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island 2014 Volunteer of the Year!

Volunteer of the Year, Lorraine Diver was presented her award by Larry Warner, exhiibit curator and Shannon Brooks, volunteer cooridinator.

Volunteer of the Year, Lorraine Diver (left) was presented her award by Larry Warner (center), exhiibit curator, and Shannon Brooks, volunteer coordinator.

Lorraine began her volunteer service at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island in May 2005.  She educated visitors at the touch tanks, assisted with Outreach programs, and helped with a wide variety of special events for more than 10 years before retiring from the touch tanks to begin work behind the scenes. She still goes on the road with the Aquarium’s Outreach programs and continues to assist with special events. This year, she became a Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation Center Interpreter, putting her excellent teaching and communication skills to work for our visitors. Most notably, yet completely unseen, Lorraine has been working with our exhibits team to meticulously archive our huge catalog of photos by scanning and electronically filing the images. She has cheerfully given the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke 837 cheerful hours to date. What a treasure!

Congratulations Lorraine!

This Year’s Winners Are???

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Each year the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island recognizes staff members for outstanding achievement by presenting the Award of Excellence and the Sea Star Award. Award candidates are nominated and voted on entirely by their peers.

This year’s winners are Rhana Paris, Outreach coordinator and recipient of the Award of Excellence, and Shannon Respess, admissions manager and recipient of  the Starfish Award.  Winners received their award at the recent Volunteer Appreciation Event held at the Dunes Restaurant in Nags Head.

Director Maylon White presents the Award of Excellence to Rhana Paris.

Director Maylon White presents the Award of Excellence to Rhana Paris.

Director Maylon White presents the Sea Star Award to Shannon Respess.

Director Maylon White presents the Sea Star Award to Shannon Respess.

 

“Imagine my surprise to be selected for the Award of Excellence!” commented Rhana in an email. “My job is usually so solitary, either behind the scenes or out of the building, and often at odd hours, so I assumed many of you might not notice what I do. Apparently I was wrong! This may seem trite, but it is sincere—I could not do what I do without your support—thanks for your help and thanks again for the honor!”

Shannon was equally surprised by her award. “I would like to send HUGE, heartfelt thank yous for choosing me for the Sea Star Award! I am honored to work with so many wonderful people ~YOU’RE THE BEST!”

If you happen to see one of these outstanding Aquarium employees, let them know how much you appreciate the jobs they do for the Aquarium and community!

Shadow Day at the Aquarium

News Article From: Roanoke Island on Friday, December 12th, 2014

Tae Dooley, a senior at Manteo High School,  has aspirations of becoming a marine scientist.  Tae recently spent the day shadowing many of the staff at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. Her day involved observing operations in public relations, education, admissions, husbandry and other Aquarium departments.

“It was a great experience, ” said Tae. “I got to learn about many of the jobs at the Aquarium, I even got to see the baby river otter.” Tae has applied to several colleges, including the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and East Carolina University.

Here, Tae (center) is pictured with Nan Hollie (left), receptionist, and Chelsea Miller, assistant public relations coordinator, at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island.