The Currituck-Dare affiliate board awarded a grant to the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research (OBXCDR), a nonprofit organization devoted to the conservation of dolphins off that coastal region of North Carolina. The grant will provide resources for the organization to continue its mission of gaining a better understanding of these beautiful creatures. OBXCDR’s grant from CDCF is the first grant award the organization has received.

Established in 2008, OBXCDR is engaged in a long-term photo-identification study of bottlenose dolphins, and the grant from CDCF supports the monitoring of the dolphins throughout the summer. The organization’s ongoing research is a continuation of a study conducted for more than 11 years, which was initiated by the Nags Head Dolphin Watch in 1997.

OBXCDR seeks to learn more about the population abundances, movement patterns and behavior of coastal bottlenose dolphins, with the goal of expanding public knowledge and concern for these marine mammals.

The Currituck-Dare affiliate’s allocation to OBXCDR is just one example of the many initiatives that the coastal community foundation supports to conserve the wondrous wildlife and vital habitats in their community. Individual endowment funds are allocated for these types of initiatives, including: the Carl P. Nunemaker, Jr. Jockey’s Ridge Endowment, which supports a state park; the Network for Endangered Sea Turtles Endowment, which provides for the rescue and rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles; and the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Endowment, which helps protect, preserve and manage mustang horses in Currituck County.

Photo on the home page: Two juvenile dolphins leaping through Oregon Inlet.

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