Archive for 'World of Wonder'

WOW-Native Bees are Great Pollinators!

Posted on 16. Apr, 2019 by .

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There’s been a lot of buzz about honeybees in recent years.  People are rightly concerned about the mysterious syndrome that causes colony collapse.  But we should also be concerned about the native bee population.  Did you know that there are 3,999 other species of bees living in the US?  Most of them are called solitary […]

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WOW-ChemCats!

Posted on 09. Apr, 2019 by .

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Chemistry Magic Show! The Davidson College ChemCats, a club for chemistry majors, truly WOWED families with a fantastic display of chemical reactions. Kids and parents had a blast playing with dry ice, smashing flowers that had been frozen in liquid nitrogen, watching fire turn beautiful colors in reaction with different elements, and even turning copper […]

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WOW-Hummingbirds!

Posted on 22. Mar, 2019 by .

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If you enjoy watching hummingbirds at your feeder in the summer it’s not too soon to put the feeders out.  There have been some reported sightings of Ruby Throated Hummingbirds in North Carolina already. It’s best to use nectar you prepare rather than using the kind with red dye.  To prepare your own Hummingbird Nectar […]

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WOW-Eastern Cottontails!

Posted on 16. Mar, 2019 by .

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The eastern cottontail rabbit is a very common mammal in North Carolina and in most of the Eastern U.S. You probably have seen them dashing off into a thicket.  They have brown upper parts, large ears,  and a fuzzy white cotton-ball-like tail. They like to live in grassy fields with shrubs or thickets nearby for […]

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WOW-Spotted Salamanders and More!

Posted on 26. Feb, 2019 by .

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WOW Thanks: Allen Lloyd For “In Search of the Spotted Salamander”  Spotted and dusky salamanders were found and admired last Sunday, February 24. Other animals made our acquaintance, including a number of frogs and a very friendly box turtle. Inspections were made of the local beaver’s handiwork: a very busy one, we all agreed! Thank […]

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WOW: Brown-headed Nuthatch!

Posted on 08. Feb, 2019 by .

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One of our tiniest birds, the Brown-headed Nuthatch, begins building its nest early in February.  If you have never seen one you may have heard the “squeaky toy” sound that they make.  This  video shows good images of the bird and the cute sound it makes.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmfmfSlxqMQ These birds have been on the decline because […]

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WOW-Lunar Eclipse of January 2019!

Posted on 03. Jan, 2019 by .

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A Lunar Eclipse occurs when the earth is between the sun and the moon and the earth’s shadow totally blocks the sun’s light from the moon. Sometimes we see a partial eclipse of the moon if the shadow doesn’t perfectly line up with the moon, but a total Lunar Eclipse will be visible on January […]

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WOW-Project Feederwatch!

Posted on 09. Nov, 2018 by .

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Tomorrow, Nov. 10, is the first day to count birds for Feederwatch this year.  Project Feederwatch is a Citizen Science initiative that encourages people to set up bird feeders in their yards and count the birds that come to them.  These counts are useful to the the researchers at The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  They […]

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WOW- Thanks Allen Lloyd

Posted on 29. Oct, 2018 by .

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WOW Thanks: Allen Lloyd For WOW’s Market Booth, October 27    How wonderful to have Allen Lloyd and his beautiful turtles back at our WOW booth! Many thanks to Allen and to his daughter Abby who made sure all of our WOW visitors had a chance to enjoy seeing and learning about these beautiful animals. […]

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WOW-All about Spiders with Dr. David Grant.

Posted on 24. Sep, 2018 by .

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We discovered all kinds of spiders and spider webs. Kids and parents gathered spiders and insects in our little plastic containers, brought them to Dr. Grant for identification, and learned their names and their habits.  We all left with a deep appreciation for the wonder of spiders.  Thank you, Dr. Grant!

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