Archive for 'Grays Corner'

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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The Other Pollinators

Posted on 19. Jun, 2015 by .

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Pollination is a process that is of enormous importance to humanity.  Food crops, trees, and ornamental plants all ultimately depend, in order to reproduce, on the transfer of pollen grains from one plant to the next. In some cases, this pollen is carried by the wind, but the most successful groups of flowering plants rely […]

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Native Bees

Posted on 19. Jun, 2015 by .

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Bees are probably the most important insects to the human experience. It goes without saying, then, that the epidemic of “colony collapse disorder” affecting honeybee populations around the world is making headlines and becoming the subject of TV documentaries. In 2013, the average beekeeper lost 45% of his or her colonies over the course of […]

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Gray’s Corner

Posted on 19. Jun, 2015 by .

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Hello. My name is Gray Stanback, and I am a summer intern here at the Davidson Lands Conservancy. I have lived in Davidson most of my life, although I attend Guilford College in Greensboro. I have previously volunteered at the Davidson Public Library and the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens. I have a marked interest in biology […]

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