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Media Advisory

For immediate use

May 9, 2007

Local angles: Harkers Island, Morehead City; Carteret County is home to 117 UNC-Chapel Hill students and 1,076 alumni.

UNC faculty to learn about coastal waterfowl, culture, water quality

Media representatives are invited to join the 10th anniversary Tar Heel Bus Tour for stops next week at Harkers Island, Beaufort and Morehead City. The privately funded tour, Monday (May 14) through Friday (May 18), will take 34 new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill faculty members across the state to learn about its people, economy, environment, culture and history. For more on the tour’s purpose, visit Faculty bus tour alumni are featured in a 10-year anniversary video available at

Monday (May 14)
6:15 p.m.
Core Sound Waterfowl Museum, Harkers Island
Off N.C. 70, Harkers Island turnoff; on left just inside Cape Lookout National Seashore
The group will explore the museum’s four-acre waterfowl habitat and learn about the region’s arts and crafts, including quilting, boat-building and decoy-carving. Natives of Ocracoke and Harkers islands will greet the group. Bland Simpson, director of Carolina’s creative writing program, will entertain the group with music. A member of the Red Clay Ramblers band, Simpson has written several books about the Carolina coast. 
Museum contact: Karen Aspacher, (252) 728-1500

Tuesday (May 15)
7:30 a.m. Duke University Marine Laboratory
135 Duke Marine Lab Road, Beaufort

9:50 a.m.
UNC Institute of Marine Sciences
3431 Arendell St., Morehead City
At the Duke lab, the group will board boats to the ocean side of Shackleford Banks. Scientists from the UNC institute will monitor water quality and describe their efforts to protect fish populations and develop storm-surge forecasting. The scientists also will trawl a net along the sea floor and bring up a sampling of its bottom community. The group will step ashore for additional environmental lessons and potential sightings of Shackleford’s wild ponies. The group will then land at the institute to depart for Warsaw.
UNC Institute of Marine Sciences contact: Hans Paerl, (252) 726-6841, ext. 133

For the weeklong itinerary of the 2007 Tar Heel Bus Tour and information about the participants, visit

News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589