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Capt Joe Abbate

Oh Captain, My Captain! Captain of the Shamock and undisputed champion of all cape fear naturalist! – JOSEPH ABBATE!

Joseph Abbate, the Cape Fear Naturalist

“Interested in fostering local environmental stewardship through outdoor educational adventures. My hope is to increase environmental awareness and understanding for everyone enjoying the Cape Fear region.”
– Joe


University of North Carolina at Wilmington
B.A. – Environmental Science
Masters Graduate Certificate – Environmental Science

Professional Experience

United States Coast Guard Charter Boat Captain’s Credential
50 Ton Masters License

Cape Fear River Watch, Wilmington, NC
Environmental Education Coordinator

Nature Conservancy, Boiling Springs Lakes Project, NC

Warnell School of Forest Resources, Athens, GA
Avian Biologist

Carolina Ocean Studies, Carolina Beach, NC
Marine Education Instructor

Department of Environmental Protection, Valhalla, NY
Research Biologist

North Carolina Forestry Service, Wilmington, NC
Environmental Coordinator, Airlie Gardens, NC

National Audubon Society, Wilmington, NC
Wildlife Refuge Manager

Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Point Reyes National Seashore, CA
Shorebird Biologist, Snowy Plover Recovery Project

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Waterbird Surveys, Mason Inlet, Figure Eight Island, NC
Shorebird Biologist

Marbled Murrelet Conservation Project , Olympic Peninsula, WA
Endangered Species Biologist

Forest Health Monitoring Project, Rocky Mountains, CO
Forest Technician-GS5

Reserve a Wrightsville Beach Boat Tour with Joe