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Life on the Beach: The Culture and Ecology of the Outer Banks

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Come enjoy our 62-acre scenic island reserve while studying the never ending battles waged by animals, plants and man to make a home of this volatile coastal habitat. Begin by studying the men and women who pulled their living from the ocean. Delve into the struggles of whalers, pirates, civil war soldiers and coastal fishermen on field trips to the Maritime Museum and Fort Macon. Learn how the fury of severe coastal weather systems has affected people's lives and livelihoods. Next, study nature's adaptations to the shifting sands of North Carolina's coast. Discover the amazing adaptations of the animals and plants that inhabit a barrier island. Examine first-hand the problems facing our fragile coastline from water quality to beach erosion.
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