Sunday, September 25, 2016

October Monthly Mingle


Made In the OBX  - Wednesday - October 12, 2016 

Our October mingle will feature a visit with Lorna Ernst, purveyor of Made in the OBX in Kitty Hawk and Duck. Her shops feature all locally crafted items. You will find art in all media, including a variety of food items, baskets, books, bath and body products, candles, note cards,  ornaments, textiles and patterns, wall art, and woodworking, all made by more than 100 locals. 

Lorna will discuss with us the importance of supporting our community by buying local.


When : Wednesday . October 12, 2016
              7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc. 
              7:30 pm -  " Made in the OBX"  -  Lorna Ernst 

Where:  Waverider's Coffee - Deli - Pub 
               3022 S. Croatan Highway , Nags Head 
               MP  11 1/4, Pirates Quay Shopping Center 

Monday, February 8, 2016

February Monthly Mingle

Impact of Water Pollution on Human Health and Environmental Sustainability
 
Water is at the core of all life on Earth and exists as one of the main components of the human body.  Because water is essential to life, addressing water pollution and sustainability issues is of great concern to environmentalists and public health specialists alike.

Once upon a time, Elaine McKeown -- OBX resident, retired nurse, NC Aquarium volunteer -- got interested in the effects that polluted water has on human health.  Fast forward to October 2015 when Elaine's pet project, a book on that broad topic, was released by IGI Global Publishing.
 
As one of two editors for this book, Elaine recruited experts from around the world to write chapters on specific aspects of water pollution and human health.  She shepherded those authors through the convoluted process and kept encouraging them to meet their deadlines.  The result of her activities and efforts is this comprehensive look at several important water-related issues and an exploration of some potential solutions to the problem of water sustainability.

Join us on Wednesday, 2/10 for a lively discussion and learning opportunity.  Elaine will share her experiences and offer a sneak peak at the entire book -- all 423 pages!  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. 

When:     Wednesday, February 10, 2016
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "Impact of Water Pollution on Human Health
                                    and Environmental Sustainability"
                                 Elaine McKeown
Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Friday, January 8, 2016

January Monthly Mingle

A Conversation About Offshore Wind in North Carolina: What Might It Mean For Our Coastal Resources and Economies?

This is a re-schedule of October's Monthly Mingle which was cancelled due to transportation issues!


Since 2009 with the results of the UNC System’s coastal wind feasibility study, which was commissioned by the General Assembly, North Carolina has contemplated the development of its wind energy resources and how to do it in a way that is compatible with our coastal economies and resources. This has lead to a flurry of both excitement for renewable energy and concerns over how it might impact an economy that relies greatly on tourism.

Given that North Carolina’s coastal resources and economies are inextricably linked, coastal residents are facing a dilemma. Since 2011, the State of North Carolina and the federal government have been working together to identify potential wind energy areas that are compatible with our coastal management and economic interests, as well as with our military interests. In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced three potential wind energy areas off North Carolina, one being located off Kitty Hawk. 

In early 2015, BOEM held a series of public meetings to jump start the discussion on potential for wind energy lease areas in federal waters off North Carolina. These meetings encouraged coastal residents (1) to consider how North Carolina can become a partner in the development of domestic, clean energy; but (2) to also consider the potential changes offshore wind may have on wildlife and our scenic view sheds, which are the bread and butter of the economies of many of our beach towns.

Lisa Schiavinato, co-director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center and law and policy specialist for NC Sea Grant, will host a discussion on what offshore wind development may mean for North Carolina and share how the experiences of other coastal states have shaped energy discussion in the United States.

Join us on Wednesday, 1/13 for a lively discussion and learning experience.  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. 

When:     Wednesday, January 13, 2016
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "A Conversation about Offshore Wind in NC:
                                   What Might It Mean for Our Coastal
                                    Resources and Economies?"
                                 Lisa Schiavinato, Law and Policy Specialist, 
                                    NC Sea Grant
Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

December Monthly Mingle

Deep-Water, Cold-Water Corals off North Carolina

Deep-water and shallow-water coral reef communities are richly diverse and provide habitat for many species. Shallow-water coral reef systems have been well studied partly due to their proximity to shore. Deep-water corals and associated habitats are studied using technology such as manned submersibles, remotely operated vehicles (ROVs), and autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs). Only a small percentage of deep-water reefs have been described.

Unlike reef-building tropical corals, deep-water corals exist beyond the reach of sunlight. As opposed to shallow-water corals, deep-water coral polyps do not contain the symbiotic algae that provide their tropical cousins with their color and some of their nutrition. Instead, deep-water corals rely on catching passing food in the water column. As a result, deep-water corals grow very slowly and are typically white. Colonies tend to be found in areas of strong currents, which supply food and remove sediments that would otherwise smother the coral polyps. They are also typically found along rocky ledges or in narrow regions. Deep-water coral systems are receiving increased attention worldwide.

"Revealing the Deep:  Exploring the World of Deep-water Coral Ecosystems," a DVD produced by Art Howard Productions in 2007, uses stunning underwater video and photography to introduce you to deep-water coral ecology, research, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council efforts to conserve these unique ecosystems off North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Join us on Wednesday, 12/9 for a lively discussion and learning experience.  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. Bobbie would appreciate knowing how many people to expect so she can plan her staffing. 

When:     Wednesday, December 9, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "Revealing the Deep" -- introduction to
                                        deep-water corals off NC

Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Monthly Mingle



Phytoplankton Observations on the Outer Banks, NC


The Phytofinders, a group of science students from First Flight High School (FFHS), will be our guests on Wednesday night, November 18.  Student-scientists from FFHS have been sampling local near-shore ocean waters for over 10 years under the direction of OBX Green Drinks member, and FFHS science teacher, Katie Neller, looking for harmful algal blooms.

This year's Phytofinders recently presented at the Oceans 2015 conference in Washington, DC.  This biannual conference is sponsored by the Marine Technology Society and the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society.  The students will share with us the results of their research on an algal bloom in 2014, as well as seasonal and geographic changes in the phytoplankton populations off our coast.

Join us on Wednesday, 11/18 for a lively discussion and learning experience.  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. Bobbie would appreciate knowing how many people to expect so she can plan her staffing. 

When:     Wednesday, November 18, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "Phytoplankton Observations on the 
                                   Outer Banks, NC"
                                      Jodi Awtrey, Nathan Butcher, Parks Kelly,
                                      Joseph Sawin, and Sam Weybright

Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

October Monthly Mingle

A Conversation About Offshore Wind in North Carolina: What Might It Mean For Our Coastal Resources and Economies?

Since 2009 with the results of the UNC System’s coastal wind feasibility study, which was commissioned by the General Assembly, North Carolina has contemplated the development of its wind energy resources and how to do it in a way that is compatible with our coastal economies and resources. This has lead to a flurry of both excitement for renewable energy and concerns over how it might impact an economy that relies greatly on tourism.

Given that North Carolina’s coastal resources and economies are inextricably linked, coastal residents are facing a dilemma. Since 2011, the State of North Carolina and the federal government have been working together to identify potential wind energy areas that are compatible with our coastal management and economic interests, as well as with our military interests. In 2013, the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) announced three potential wind energy areas off North Carolina, one being located off Kitty Hawk. 

In early 2015, BOEM held a series of public meetings to jump start the discussion on potential for wind energy lease areas in federal waters off North Carolina. These meetings encouraged coastal residents (1) to consider how North Carolina can become a partner in the development of domestic, clean energy; but (2) to also consider the potential changes offshore wind may have on wildlife and our scenic view sheds, which are the bread and butter of the economies of many of our beach towns.

Lisa Schiavinato, who is the co-director of the NC Coastal Resources Law, Planning, and Policy Center and law and policy specialist for NC Sea Grant, will host discussion on what offshore wind development may mean for North Carolina and share how the experiences of other coastal states have shaped energy discussion in the United States.

Join us on Wednesday, 10/21 for a lively discussion and learning experience.  Please RSVP by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us.  

When:     Wednesday, October 21, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "A Conversation about Offshore Wind in NC:
                                     What Might It Mean for Our Coastal
                                      Resources and Economies?"
                                 Lisa Schiavinato, Law and Policy Specialist, 
                                      NC Sea Grant

Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Thursday, September 3, 2015

September Monthly Mingle

It's time to start our new season of OBX Green Drinks!  Come on out to Waverider's Coffee and Deli in Nags Head on Thursday evening, 9/17, at 7:00 pm to catch up with everyone and learn something new.
You may notice that we're meeting on the third Thursday (not the second Wednesday) -- Waverider's has a conflict with Wednesdays for this month -- and there are additional conflicts for other months -- mostly mine, sorry about that.  So here are the meeting dates for the rest of 2015 (all Wednesdays):  October 21, November 18, and December 9.  Mark your calendars!!

Waverider's still has their awesome sandwich/wrap menu, as well as a nice selection of muffins and pastries.  In addition to the coffee drinks, sodas, and juices, etc., we can enjoy draft and bottled beers (domestic and imported), as well as wines by the bottle and the glass.  Check out their web site at www.waveriderscoffeeanddeli.com for more information.

September's topic: "Summer Life on the Outer Banks:  What the Tourists Never See".  Hear about (and see) a collection of some favorite images of Dare County flora and fauna from the summer of 2015.  Enjoy this reminder of how remarkable the Outer Banks is, and how important it is to protect this incredible natural area. 

Jeff Lewis, a long-time Dare County resident, has been observing and loving nature for over 50 year, and photographing it for the past 10 years.  You may have seen his photos published in local newspapers, magazines, and books, and in exhibit kiosks around the Albemarle region. All of his images are available at jefflewisphotography.zenfolio.com

Join us on Thursday 9/17 for a great visual experience!  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. Bobbie would appreciate knowing how many people to expect so she can plan her staffing. 

When:     Thursday, September 17, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "Summer Life on the Outer Banks:  
                                            What the Tourists Never See"
                                    Jeff Lewis, OBX resident and 
                                             nature photographer

 Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Friday, May 8, 2015

May Monthly Mingle

It's time for our May get-together, so come on out to Waverider's Coffee and Deli at their new place in Nags Head on Wednesday evening, 5/13, at 7:00 pm.

Waverider's still has their awesome sandwich/wrap menu, as well as a nice selection of muffins and pastries.  In addition to the coffee drinks, sodas, and juices, etc., they're now offering draft and bottled beers (domestic and imported), as well as wines by the bottle and the glass.  Check out their web site at www.waveriderscoffeeanddeli.com for more information.

May's topic: Learn about the NC Coastal Federation's project that pays commercial fishermen to remove abandoned fishing gear (mostly crab pots) from local waters, while re-purposing a portion of the found gear into suitable oyster habitat.  This cleanup project has been ongoing for two years, involving the local community in marine debris removal, as well as fostering cooperation between different groups, including scientists, fishermen, non-profit organizations, and local residents.  

Join us on Wednesday for a great learning experience!  Please RSVP by responding to this message or by sending an email to obxgreendrinks@gmail.com so we know how many people will be joining us. Bobbie would appreciate knowing how many people to expect so she can plan her staffing. 

When:     Wednesday, May 13, 2015
                  7:00 pm - network, order food, sip beverages, etc.
                  7:30 pm - "Marine Debris Removal in NENC: Crab Pots 
                                        and Commercial Fishermen"
                                   Ladd Bayliss, Coastal Advocate, 
                                        NC Coastal Federation

 Where:   Waverider's Coffee and Deli on the bypass
                 3022 S. Croatan Highway, Nags Head
                 MP 11 1/4, Pirate's Quay Shopping Center

Remember that this May meeting will be the last one until September -- Enjoy your summer!  We'll be back in touch in the fall!