Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Friend O’ Wildlife Vol. 29 Issue 2, Feb 1982
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A nationwide survey conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that soil erosion is twenty-five percent worse than during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. Soil scientists agree that the future of our farming industry is threatened by rapid loss of topsoil. Erosion not only reduces soil productivity, it also contributes to air and water pollution.
In North Carolina and across the nation, water supplies are in fast decline due to contaminated supplies, inefficient irrigation practices, and polluted groundwater. Plants and animals are even more vulnerable than humans to pollution and water deficits. Thus, wildlife can no longer be left to fend for itself where water is concerned.
Since 1971, black bears have been protected from hunting in a number of sanctuaries to ensure their long-term survival. To determine the effectiveness of sanctuaries, North Carolina State University biologists are conducting a study on the current status of black bear populations.
John B. Funderburg, Director of the North Carolina State Museum of Natural History, envisions the museum to have large life-sized habitats depicting animals from various parts of the world in their native habits. In the meantime, he continues his progressive program by exhibiting a display of small scale wildlife sculptures by Louis Paul Jonas.
The Environmental Education Service is now offering programs on numerous environmental topics to day care centers, public and private elementary schools, and other civic groups throughout the Triangle and surrounding North Carolina communities. Developed by Steven and Beth Law, their programs use multimedia to teach school children about various nature topics.