Saving cold-stunned sea
turtles is topic
of "To the Point" radio show...WITH
men from Frisco talked about the intrepid work of a small band of
volunteers and their work to save cold-stunned sea turtles on the show
that was broadcast on Sunday, Dec. 7, on the Radio Hatteras interview
program, "To the Point."
"To the Point," which is hosted by Island Free Press editor Irene
Nolan, airs on the island's community radio station, FM 101.5 and FM
99.9, at 5 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of each month.
It is repeated on the second and fourth Sunday.
The guests for the interview were Lou Browning and Frank Wells, both of
Browning, who is a wildlife rehabilitator, began the effort with
cold-stunned turtles 15 or 20 years ago, working with the state
Wildlife Resources Commission. Frank Welles joined him when
he retired and moved to the island about 10 years ago.
Today, they work under the umbrella of NEST, the Network for Endangered
Sea Turtles, which is based in Kill Devil Hills.
With a group of helpers, Frank -- the Hatteras Island
coordinator for NEST -- and Lou patrol the soundside shoreline to find
sea turtles that are stunned by the cold and motionless but can still
This winter-time work is every bit as important to preserving and
protecting the species as is the protection of nests and hatchlings in
Browning and Wells patrol the shoreline anyway they can -- by foot or
by kayak --especially when the wind is blowing really hard from the
northwest after the passage of a cold front. Frank, however,
insists the work is "really fun."
There's a lot of shoreline to cover on Hatteras, so volunteers are
always needed. There is not a lot of training involved, and
volunteers can patrol the shoreline or help transport the cold-stunned
turtles to the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island, where they
recover in a new rehab facility. NEST volunteers also
sometimes meet drivers half way.
If you listen to the interview and are interested in helping, please
call Browning at 252-475-4217 or Wells at 252-995-2417.
For more information on NEST, go to the website,
NEST hotline for reporting incidents is
Scroll down to the "To the Point" logo -- an aerial photo of Cape Point
-- and click to listen to the audio of the show.
'TO THE POINT'
On the show, IFP editor Irene Nolan will be interviewing newsmakers
about the events and issues that affect all of us who live on Hatteras
Island and those of us who love to visit here.
"You can expect to hear from folks who are making the news, those who
are decision-makers, and some who are just plain interesting to talk to
about the island and its past, present, and future," she says.
Because the station's all-volunteer staff and small budget are
stretched tight, the show is pre-recorded. At this point,
listeners cannot call in questions.
Also, the station can be received only on Hatteras Island, though the
board of directors of the community, non-profit hopes that funds can be
raised soon for online streaming of the programming.
For now, the audio will be posted the week after the interview so
Island Free Press readers who missed the show or who do not live on
Hatteras can listen in.
You can let Nolan know about folks you would like her to interview and
suggest questions to ask. Send your ideas to [email protected].
Radio Hatteras is our community, non-profit radio station and depends
on grants, memberships, and underwriting.
It broadcasts around the clock with news -- including such things as
surfing and fishing reports -- community announcements, music, and
Our community radio station also needs your support, and you can give
that by purchasing a membership or by underwriting the station if you
are a business or another community non-profit.
Radio Hatteras memberships are $50 for a family, $25 for an individual
and $10 for a student. Mail memberships and other contributions to
Radio Hatteras, P.O. Box 339, Frisco, NC 27936.
E-mail [email protected] or call
(252) 995-6000 for information about underwriting opportunities.
You can read more about Radio Hatteras and its music and programs on
its Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/radiohatteras.
The new Radio Hatteras website is http://www.radiohatteras.org.
There’s information on memberships, underwriting, and programming,
among other things.
Radio Hatteras wants to publicize community events. You can
send them at least two weeks in advance to [email protected].
If you have a special request for a song, you can e-mail it to [email protected].
If you have news, you can send it to [email protected]g.