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    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

Know Your Park Series Begins

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Date: December 2, 2013
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

The National Park Service Outer Banks Group Know Your Park citizen science program series continues this winter with upcoming scheduled presentations.

On Saturday, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., Mr. Clay Swindell, a professional archaeologist will present a program entitled The Archaeology of the Carolina Algonkians. This program will take place in the auditorium of the Fort Raleigh National Historic Site Visitor Center. The program is free and will last approximately 1 hour.

This presentation will focus on the archaeological and historical data that define the indigenous groups of the Carolina Coast from A.D. 800 through A.D. 1750.Much of this information comes from historical descriptions of native groups made by Elizabethan explorers and archaeological excavations on or near Cape Hatteras National Seashore and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site.

Mr. Swindell has been excavating sites along the North Carolina Coast since the early 1990s.Presently, he works in the Curation Department at the Museum of the Albemarle and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Leicester in the U.K where his research focuses on prehistoric fisheries.

Additional Know Your Park programs scheduled for this winter include:

Dr. Nathan Hall, a postdoctoral research associate at the University of North Carolina Institute of Marine Sciences, will provide a presentation on the recent range expansion of two "brown tide" forming microalgae that have decimated shell fish stocks, sea grass habitats, and the food webs of several United States estuaries. The bloom distribution of these two species appears to be closing in on North Carolina, one species from the north and one from the south. This presentation will be given on January 23rd, 7:00 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.

Dr. Lindsay Dubbs, a research associate for the Renewable Ocean Energy Program at the UNC Coastal Studies Institute, will provide a presentation that explores the nutrient cycling and habitat roles that Sargassum plays in the open ocean environment. Sargassum is an important foundation species of macro algae that serves as habitat for numerous bacteria, fungi, invertebrates, fish, and sea turtles.This presentation will be given on February 27th, 7:00 p.m. at the Fessenden Center in Buxton.

The Know Your Park citizen science program series is designed to further connect the Outer Banks communities and residents with the rich natural world and cultural heritage of their neighboring national park sites; Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Wright Brothers National Memorial, and Fort Raleigh National Historic Site."These presentations offer park visitors as well as local residents, an opportunity to learn more about their national parks while focusing on topics that are fascinating coastal environment themes" stated Superintendent Trimble.

Did You Know?

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The land west of the Atlantic coastline from Newfoundland to Florida was given the name Virginia by the English. The land was named for the newly discovered unspoiled land and Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen”.