The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will be among the exhibitors at the Fourth Annual Cape Fear Wildlife Expo in downtown Wilmington, March 16-18, bringing fish and game exhibits and activities with a youth- and family-oriented theme.
Held again this year at the Coastline Convention Center and adjoining Wilmington Convention Center, the expo offers outdoor exhibits and demonstrations on hunting, fishing and boating, as well as camping, wildlife art and more.
The Commission’s mobile aquarium, a staple at many fishing and hunting events, will feature a selection of both warmwater and coldwater fishes found in North Carolina’s waters. The Sensory Safari, a kid-friendly wildlife exhibit-on-wheels, will give expo visitors the chance to learn about North Carolina’s wildlife by listening to the sounds of birds, seeing animal mounts and handling pelts of some common North Carolina mammals.
For those wanting to test their aim, the laser shot “Mallard Madness” will challenge marksmanship in a simulated waterfowl hunt. A Huntmaster mobile lift will demonstrate how the Commission helps provide hunting opportunities for sportsmen who are mobility impaired.
In addition to the exhibits, the Commission will participate in several events throughout the weekend, including “Kids Gone Wild” academic workshops, where middle and high school students will learn about freshwater fish and coastal waterbirds on Friday morning, and a self-guided “Wild Child Scavenger Hunt,” all day Saturday and Sunday.
Events tailored to adults include a clinic on “Black Bears in Southeastern North Carolina” on Friday afternoon. On Sunday, there will be a presentation on the popular Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Throughout the weekend, visitors to the Commission exhibits can subscribe to the award-winning Wildlife in North Carolina magazine.
Visit the Cape Fear Wildlife Expo website for event times, admission prices and up-to-date information, including a list of all displays, demonstrations and exhibits.