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Honey Bees: Endangered Species for the First Time

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a lecture for families called “Honey Bees: Endangered for the First Time.”

Twelve different species of bees swarming a flowery meadow.
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This lecture on August 15 at 6 pm will focus on the complex web of factors that are contributing to the decline of the globe’s bee populations, both wild and farm honey bees. The impact of bees on our environment, particularly our food sources will also be discussed. Most crops (about 70 percent) that are used today require pollination to develop fruits, nuts, and seeds. It is estimated that those crops account for one trillion dollars in annual sales of agriculture products around the globe. Examples of common crops depending on bee pollination include broccoli, blueberry, cherry, apple, and cucumbers. With the bee population plunging almost 90 percent since 1990s; how can we protect the world’s bees from extinction?

Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life. She now is an education outreach coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. A 7-day vacation pass is just $75 for two adults and up to four children. Free admission for active duty military and disabled veterans plus up to one guest, must include military ID cardholder. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Carnivorous Plant Lecture at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on June 6

Join Mark Todd on June 6 at 6 PM at the Museum of Coastal Carolina where he will discuss southeastern North Carolina’s native species of carnivorous plants. Some of the plants Mr. Todd will discuss include Venus Flytraps, Pitcher Plants, and Sundews. Children who attend this program will learn how to care for Venus Flytraps and will be able to bring one home with them. North Carolina has over 20 species of carnivorous plants, including Venus Flytraps, which only grow within 60 miles of Wilmington, NC.

Mark Todd has been relentlessly serving in the conservation of carnivorous plants for over 10 years. He is the President and a founding board member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for Museum members. Non-member Museum admission, which includes admission to the carnivorous plant program, is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Sea Turtle Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina presents Turtle Talk  May 20 at 11 am.

Jim and Deb Boyce present their program, Turtle Talk – OIBSTPO Getting Ready for Summer Turtles! They will discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, focusing especially on the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on Ocean Isle Beach every summer. The presentation will include a 14-minute video and a question-and-answer session at the end. Learn what you can do to help protect these magnificent animals.

Jim and Deb Boyce are island coordinators for the Ocean Isle Beach Sea Turtle Protection Organization (OIBSTPO). They are licensed by the NC Wildlife Commission and coordinate a network of approximately 50 volunteers in a year-round effort to promote sea turtles and educate the public about them.

Volunteers are especially active between May and late September when female sea turtles dig their nests and lay their eggs. Volunteers identify and mark the nests, do their best to protect the nests from predators, keep an eye on hatchlings as they make their way from their nests into the ocean, and transport sick and injured sea turtles to the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Topsail Island. For more information about OIBSTPO, visit www.oibseaturtles.org.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC.  The museum is open from 10-8, Monday through Thursday, 10-5 on Friday and 10-1:30 on Saturday. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Museum Presents Carnivorous Plants in NC

The Museum of Coastal Carolina presents guest speaker Mark Todd at 11:00 am on May 6.

Todd’s topic is the Venus Flytrap Expedition: Myrtle Head Excursion.

North Carolina has over 20 species of carnivorous plants, including venus flytraps which only grow within 60 miles of Wilmington NC.

Attendees will meet first at the Museum of Coastal Carolina for a brief presentation and then go to Myrtle Head Excursion for a guided expedition.

Todd’s excursion will include a walk through a Pine Savannah Habitat to see Venus flytraps, pitcher plants, sundews, and butterworts. He will discuss the importance of a Pine Savannah Habitat and demonstrate how each plant attracts, traps, kills, and digests its prey. Learn how to identify and help safeguard the fragile carnivorous plant population of North Carolina. Questions will be welcomed at the end of the presentation.

Todd is the president of North American Sarracenia Conservancy (NASC), a national non-profit organization that protects carnivorous plants and their habitat.  Todd has been relentlessly pursuing the conservation of carnivorous plants for over ten years. He is the conservation director and a founding board member of the North American Sarracenia Conservancy. In addition to his administrative duties, Todd tirelessly promotes education by leading tours showcasing local carnivorous plants – venus flytraps as well as twenty other species.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Marsh Discovery Walk

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will lead a marsh discovery walk, rain or shine, on April 22 at 11 am. Museum volunteer Roy Revis will lead an exploration of our salt marsh-tidal creek ecosystem. This coastal wetland occurs between upland areas where fresh and salt water mix. Participants will meet at the museum where everyone will be given a field guide book to keep. We will then drive to Sunset Beach and walk along the causeway from the bridge to the island – Roy will be identifying animals, plants, and how the ecosystem works. Remember to wear waterproof shoes, hats, sunscreen, and bring water to drink!

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

 

“From Earth to the Universe” to Premiere in April Schedule at Ingram Planetarium

Ingram Planetarium will premiere a new full-dome program titled “From Earth to the Universe” during its April schedule.

The night sky, both beautiful and mysterious, has been the subject of campfire stories, ancient myths and awe for as long as there have been people. A desire to comprehend the Universe may well be humanity’s oldest shared intellectual experience, yet only recently have we truly begun to grasp our place in the vast cosmos. To learn about this journey of celestial discovery, from the theories of the ancient Greek astronomers to today’s grandest telescopes, we invite you to experience “From Earth to the Universe!”

Doors open at 11:30am on Friday and Saturday throughout April. The full schedule of shows and events for April are listed below:

Sky Theater Shows

All Sky Theater presentations are accompanied by a live star show.

12:00   The Sky Tonight! – LIVE

Find out “what’s up” tonight! Explore the planets, constellations, and                                               other celestial events visible in the Carolina night sky.

1:00     From Earth to the Universe – NEW

Voyage through time and space as we encounter planets, stars, and other wonders of the Universe in this NEW full-dome experience.

2:00     Accidental Astronaut

Follow the adventures of Sy, Annie, and their dog Armstrong, as they embark on an unexpected journey into space exploring the sun and moon. Recommended for families and children.

3:00     Dynamic Earth

Planet Earth is our spaceship traveling through the cosmos, but do you really know how our home works? Discover the inner workings of our planet!

 

Immersive Laser Music Shows

Laser shows will be offered on select Saturday evenings throughout the spring at 7:00pm:

April 1              Led Zeppelin

April 8              Michael Jackson

April 29            Laser Country

 

Special Events

April 7              Stars at Sunset

April 10-13       Open Monday-Friday for Brunswick County Spring Break

April 22            5th Annual NC Statewide Star Party (in association with the NC Science Festival)

 

Public funding for “Accidental Astronaut” was provided by the Town of Sunset Beach through its Accommodation Taxes.

Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach, NC. Admission is free for members. Non-member, per-show admission (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-0033, visit www.museumplanetarium.org, or like us on Facebook.com/IngramPlanetarium.

Oysters are Important

The Museum of Coastal Carolina’s Katherine Hunt presents a program for families called “Oysters are Important” March 25 at 11 am.

Families will learn fascinating facts about the life cycle of oysters, how pearls are created, and why oysters are critically important to the water quality along the coast. Immediately after the educational program, she will lead attendees in making an oyster to explore one’s environment. There will also be useful handouts concerning the purchase of oysters and other shell fish as well as a take home activity.

Hunt is a science educator who has lived in the Carolinas most of her life,  now an Education Outreach Coordinator of the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium. Oysters have been a big part of her life since she went digging for them for the first time as a girl with her grandfather in Kure Beach, NC.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Consider becoming a museum member; admission is free for members. Non-member admission is $9.50 adults, $8.50 seniors (62+), $7.50 children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. Questions? Call the museum at 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org

Manatees off the NC Coast

The Museum of Coastal Carolina  will  feature a presentation by Katherine Hunt,  education outreach coordinator, about manatee sightings in the Carolinas. The event will be March 18 at 11 am.

Manatees are amazing sea animals that have been spotted off of the NC coast. The animals swim through open ocean, the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, sounds and bays, rivers and creeks and marinas to graze on sea grass in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

Families will learn about this unique mammal that does not typically migrate to our shores. The program is  included with general admission to the museum.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Right Whale Program at the Museum of Coastal Carolina

The Museum of Coastal Carolina will have a program  March 4 at 11 am featuring the endangered right whale.

Right whales are the rarest of all large whales. There are several species, but all are identified by enormous heads, which can measure up to one-third of their total body length.

Right whales are endangered and have enjoyed complete international protection since 1949. Several thousand southern right whales are believed to survive, and they have shown some encouraging population growth since their protection. However, scientists believe that there are fewer than 500 Atlantic right whales along the eastern coastline.

Allison Smith, a volunteer at the museum and owner of OIB Ghost Walk, will be presenting this program.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street, Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission to the museum is free for members. Non-member all-day admission is $9.50 for adults, $8.50 for seniors, $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information about the Museum of Coastal Carolina, call 910-579-1016 or visit www.MuseumPlanetarium.org.

Meet A Piebald Deer

A piebald deer will be on display in the Green Swamp Diorama February 4, 2017 at 11:00 am. Learn more about this unusual, native animal.

Guests will also be introduced to the variety of animals found in our own back yard. A piebald animal is one that has irregular patterns of light and dark. Animals with piebald patterns may include horses, dogs, birds, cats, pigs, cattle, snakes, squirrels, and deer. The piebald condition is caused by a recessive genetic trait. This piebald deer is estimated to be between two and three years old and has had at least one fawn. White-tailed deer mate in November; females produce one to three fawns six months later.

White-tailed deer live in wooded areas throughout the United States except for the Southwest, Alaska, and Hawaii. Overpopulation, habitat destruction, hunting, and predators are problems for this gentle animal. White-tailed deer are herbivores. When deer and humans live in close proximity, deer may begin munching on garden and yard plants.

The Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 East Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach, NC. Admission is free for Museum members. Non-member admission (including NC sales tax) is $9.50 for adults (13-61), $8.50 for seniors (62+), $7.50 for children (3-12), and free for age 2 and under. For more information, call 910-575-1016 or visit www.museumplanetarium.org.