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Go Fish

Go Fish Gray Stanback Lake Norman—the huge artificial lake that Davidson borders—is renowned for its fishing. Every day, people rent boats to venture out onto the lake in pursuit of the lake’s plentiful population of freshwater fish, most of which are native to the surrounding area. And despite its name, the Davidson Lands Conservancy

Dropping Like Stones

Dropping Like Stones Gray Stanback If you’ve ever driven around suburban North Carolina, you’ve probably noticed the occasional large, smooth boulder resting in the middle of a field or a forest clearing. These rocks didn’t get where they are now with the help of humans. Instead, they’re the result of a process known as

Feeling A Warm Spell

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

Gaining a Yard

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 you lived

Invasion of the Aliens

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 allowed


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

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