CFRW hosts a FREE Educational Seminar by a guest lecturer the first Saturday of every month at Cape Fear River Watch Headquarters, located at 617 Surry Street. Seminars cover a diverse variety of topics, including local history, local birds, geology, fisheries, etc. We serve a FREE pancake breakfast at 8am and the seminar starts at 9am. (But you can always bring a few bucks for the donation jar!)
More about Andy Wood
Author, ecologist, and conservation educator Andy Wood, is a fourth generation biologist and graduate of Texas A&M University. A lifelong educator, Andy joined the modern environmental movement with Earth Day 1970, helping organize and conduct stream cleanups, paper drives, and river monitoring. These formative experiences channeled his conservation career, which includes 12 years as curator of education for the North Carolina Aquariums, 11 years as a state education director for the National Audubon Society, and 28 years as a volunteer nature commentator for Wilmington, NC public radio station WHQR. A collection of his commentaries were published in his first book, Backyard Carolina.
Andy is Director of COASTAL PLAIN CONSERVATION GROUP, a non-profit organization he cofounded with his son Carson, to protect rare and imperiled habitats and the plants and wildlife they support. Andy is also Project Manager for HABITATS ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, LLC; a community conservation consulting company providing environmental impact assessment, habitat restoration, and endangered species monitoring.
Owned and operated with his wife Sandy Wood, HABITATS brings more than 25 years of experience in sustainable landscaping practices that reduce landscape water consumption, chemical use, and improper plant maintenance. With assistance from sons Robin and Carson, HABITATS creates conservation landscapes that reflect the natural character of southeastern North Carolina, which in turn helps birds and butterflies while providing a welcoming sense of place for property residents and guests.
As an educator, Andy has provided thousands of formal conservation education presentations and reached hundreds of thousands of people to the art and practice of ecology, field biology, and natural resource conservation. As an author, Andy writes magazine articles and website posts, provides information for newspaper, radio and television news stories, and he participates in lectures, festivals, and other outreach events.
In 1987 Andy co-founded Beach Sweep, North Carolina’s first coast-wide marine debris cleanup campaign, now statewide and called Big Sweep. In 1990, he founded the Earth Day Alliance of the Lower Cape Fear and brought together a diverse coalition of community members to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Earth Day; an initiative that improved lines of communication between local industries, environmental groups, and policy-makers. And in 1992, Andy began a decades-long struggle—essentially single-handedly—to prevent the extinction of two imperiled animals: Greenfield Ramshorn, and Magnificent Ramshorn.
These charming and salt-intolerant freshwater snails, known only from five small habitats within the lower Cape Fear River basin, are now likely absent in the wild due to river-caused saltwater intrusion. The last living members of both species remain in Andy’s captive care, awaiting some meaningful protection for their future habitats, somewhere above an inexorably rising sea.
This to say, Andy leads conservation work by example, with help from his family, across the North Carolina coastal plain and beyond.