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for Wildlife in North Carolina Vol. 64 Issue 9, Sept 2000
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Governor James B. Hunt's Million Acre initiative, which will protect a million acres over the next decade, was passed by the 2000 North Carolina General Assembly. Funding was provided for the land-preservation program which seeks to save valuable wildlife habitats and game lands from development. Provision for a Million Acre Advisory Panel to oversee the project was also included in the legislation.
The North Carolina Wildlife Commission's three-year experimental teal season concludes September 7-16, 2000. Bag limit is four teal per hunter per day. Whether the teal season becomes permanent depends upon hunter response. Some feel September is too early for waterfowl hunting. Continuation also depends on whether or not state guidelines for accidental and illegal harvest of other ducks are followed.
Migrating hawks know by instinct when to start, where to go, and how to get there. Each fall they follow well- established routes across North Carolina's mountains and coasts. Lee describes watching hawk migrations over the Outer Banks and lists sites along the coasts and in the mountains where the hawks may be viewed.
Early-successional habitats are areas of a mountain forest that are beginning to recover from events like fires, storms, or logging. First come grasses, then shrubs, and finally trees. All of these stages are important to wildlife survival. Earley discusses the value of early-successional habitats for mountain wildlife, their growing rarity, and what steps are being taken to maintain them.