Roanoke Island What's New

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New Addition to Seven Rivers

Rattlesnake roommate.  This juvenile eastern diamondback rattlesnake is a recent addition to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, sharing a space with a timber rattlesnake in the Seven Rivers Gallery. The eastern diamondback is one of three species of rattlesnakes native to North Carolina, and is found in the southeast part of the state. They are also the largest of the rattlesnakes; though this diamondback is only a few feet long, they commonly grow to eight... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, March 27, 2017 | 0 comments

Volunteers give nearly 14,000 hours at NCARI

Volunteers at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island gave nearly 14,000 hours of their time in 2016, providing invaluable service to the aquarium’s programs, conservation efforts and guest experiences. “We can’t thank you enough for everything you do,” NCARI Volunteer Coordinator Kate Davison told volunteers gathered at an awards banquet held February 9 at sister facility Jennette’s Pier. “You give your time to us so freely, and nothing is more... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Wednesday, February 15, 2017 | 0 comments

Photographs by Eve Turek celebrate the “Outer Banks Through the Seasons”

Eve Turek says it all began with a Golden Book of Birds, a Polaroid camera and a backyard bird feeder. Even when she was ten years old, she trained her lens on animals: pets, birds, animals at the zoo. When she goes through those old pictures now, few are of much anything else. “From the very beginning,” she says, “All those photographs were of birds or critters. As a naturalist, there is still part of that young child in me that wants to connect with those birds and... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Wednesday, February 1, 2017 | 0 comments

Santa Paws pet food drive lands 4,500 lbs for OBX SPCA

The Santa Paws pet food drive at the NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island brought in 4,500 pounds of dog and cat food, plus assorted blankets, toys and cleaning products for donation to the Outer Banks SPCA. The drive was held from November 21 through January 3, and NCARI delivered the food to the SPCA headquarters on January 5. The aquarium would like to thank everyone who came out and showed such wonderful support for its SPCA neighbors and the great work they do. ... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, January 10, 2017 | 0 comments

Four juvenile alligators join NCARI family

The Seven Rivers gallery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is the new home for four juvenile American alligators. The newest additions to the aquarium family can be seen at the gallery’s gateway, basking on rocks or lounging under the water. The gators, named Ham, Cheese, Turkey and Gravy, are all around two years old and approximately 18 inches long. They arrived at NCARI while the aquarium was under renovation, and spent a year behind the scenes while the Seven Rivers... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Monday, December 19, 2016 | 0 comments

Cold-stunned turtles treated at NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island

The North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island is currently treating 10 cold-stunned turtles found stranded this weekend in areas around Hatteras. Eight green sea turtles, one loggerhead and one Kemp’s ridley turtle were rescued after drifting ashore in the Pamlico Sound on Saturday and Sunday by volunteers with the Hatteras Network for Endangered Sea Turtles (N.E.S.T.) and by the National Park Service. After performing an initial assessment, volunteers transported the turtles to... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Monday, December 12, 2016 | 0 comments

Bracing for the cold: NC Aquarium on Roanoke Island preps for cold-stunned turtles

Oddly enough, it was an abnormally warm end to 2015 that led to hundreds of sea turtles being stranded on the beaches of the Outer Banks back in early January. Under normal, cooler circumstances, the majority of the turtles would have already made their way back to the warm waters of the Gulf Stream, but unseasonably mild temperatures may have lulled them into a false sense of security. Then the weather changed suddenly, temperatures dropped dramatically, and cold-stunned sea turtles began... Read More
Posted by Brian Postelle at Sunday, December 4, 2016 | 0 comments

Nature Play Day

For the New Year, we are going to get our creative juices flowing at our Nature Play Day.  This month we will be creating nature art of all kinds: music, sculpture, drawing and more! Come join us on Saturday, January 21 from 2-3 p.m. for some outdoor fun. For more information contact Paul Mazzei at  paul.mazzei@ncaquariums.com .   Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Sunday, November 20, 2016 | 0 comments

Plant a Pollinator Garden!

We have created a special wildflower seed mix for pollinator support as part of the NC Aquariums’ 40th anniversary celebrations. The 10 wildflowers included in this mix are known to attract a wide range of pollinators from late spring through fall. These wildflowers are native to the eastern U.S and will thrive in average well-drained soils. Blanketflower Gaillardia aristata Butterfly Milkweed Asclepias tuberosa Brown-eyed Susan Rudbeckia triloba Dotted Horsemint Monarda punctata... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Saturday, September 10, 2016 | 0 comments

New Aquarium Exhibit Gets “Up Close and Personal”

Every January, a network of creative people eagerly awaits the announcement. One year it was “Insects.” Another year it was “Native Saltwater Fish.” Still another, “Wild, Wonderful Landscapes of North Carolina.” No, these aren’t Oscar nominees. Each year since 2008, the North Carolina Aquariums at Roanoke Island and Pine Knoll Shores have sponsored exhibitions by members of the Raleigh-Durham chapter of the Colored Pencil Society of America.... Read More
Posted by Chelsea Miller at Tuesday, June 21, 2016 | 0 comments

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