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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 50 Issue 9, Sept 1986
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The Black River begins in Sampson County and flows sixty-six miles before emptying into the Cape Fear River fourteen miles above Wilmington. The water is black because unlike the Neuse and Cape Fear rivers, the Black River does not have sediment deposits, and its water is more acidic. Earley traveled two months on the river discovering its history and exploring the natural surroundings. Once a commercial thoroughfare, the river has again returned to its ancient ways. The steamboats and naval stores industry are gone. Some of the towns have fallen into ruin. No industries pollute it; no dams interrupt it; and no reservoirs disturb its flooding patterns.
Caterpillars are not nondescript creatures just waiting around for a metamorphosis into a stunning butterfly. Many have a beauty in their own right. Givens describes several, including the spicebush swallowtail, puss moth, and the saddleback and gives tips on where to find caterpillars, such as where and when to hunt, what plants to look on, and what to look for.
Rails are often called marsh hens because of their salt marsh habitats and chicken-like build. Hunting rails goes back to the 1800s; they are a hard quarry to seek and find and attract only the hardiest of hunters. Wooten describes rail hunting on the Outer Banks and includes several recipes for preparing them for the table.