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Feeling A Warm Spell

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 by .

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Feeling a Warm Spell Gray Stanback   Right now, it’s February, and the temperature is expected to reach a high of 70 by the end of the day. In other words, lovely weather for a walk in town or a picnic. For many people, this is a welcome change from the cold weather that traditionally […]

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Gaining a Yard

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 by .

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    Gaining a Yard Gray Stanback               Your first experience with the natural world probably depends on where you lived. If you grew up in the middle of a large city, it’s likely that you had little experience with true wilderness unless you were able to travel to a nature preserve or park. If […]

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Invasion of the Aliens

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 by .

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Invasion of the Aliens Gray Stanback               An alien invasion is afoot in Davidson and other rural towns across the United States. However, the aliens in this case are not laser-blasting green men in flying saucers, but something much easier to overlook. They are plants—namely invasive plants brought here either deliberately or accidentally and […]

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Headcount

Posted on 23. Mar, 2017 by .

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Every year, birdwatchers around the world take part in one of the most spectacular wildlife-related events in the world. The Great Backyard Bird Count is held annually in the middle of February (this year it ran from the 17th to the 20th) as a way for the National Audubon Society—an organization devoted to the study […]

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Wild Winter Wonderland

Posted on 27. Jan, 2016 by .

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Compared to spring and summer, winter can seem like a dreary, dull time of year, especially for those who casually observe the natural world. Many trees shed their leaves, many birds fly south, and the hum and buzz of insects is largely absent from the air. To a person who only intermittently pays attention to […]

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Davidson Comes Out Of Its Shell

Posted on 05. Aug, 2015 by .

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Eastern box turtles like this one have experienced dramatic population declines in recent years, and researchers at Davidson College are in the process in learning why and what can be done about it.

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The Frog Days of Summer

Posted on 03. Aug, 2015 by .

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A toad house made from an old flowerpot, like this one, is a good way to attract frogs and toads to your garden.

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A Sticky Situation

Posted on 17. Jul, 2015 by .

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Sticky bands like this one are the preferred method for dealing with cankerworm infestations. However, they are not selective and will trap less harmful animals as well.

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In the Pawpaw Patch

Posted on 06. Jul, 2015 by .

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“Where, oh, where is dear little Nellie? Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.” If you grew up in North Carolina, chances are you heard this song at some point. Chances are somewhat lower, though, that you actually know what a pawpaw is, or what role they play in local culture. It is somewhat surprising […]

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Swift by Name, Swift by Nature

Posted on 06. Jul, 2015 by .

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In summer, abandoned brick ventilation towers and factory chimneys across eastern North America become the site of one of the most incredible events in the animal kingdom. Thousands of small black birds, with sleek, dart-like bodies and sharply swept wings, come pouring out of these structures in immense swarms every morning. They disperse over great […]

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