Q: Where do spiders hide? A: Everywhere!

Dr. Dave Grant, retired biology professor from Davidson College and spider expert, kept kids and adults alike fascinated this past Saturday, September 21, 2019, regaling participants with stories of past ecological excursions and educating all about the different arachnids that were found.  Two techniques were used to collect spiders (and other invertebrate samples) and were […]

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How Does Our Garden Grow? Free Nature Outing!

Saturday, September 7; 1pm to 2:30pm, in Davidson Why do flowers help a vegetable garden? And where do particular vegetables love to grow best? Join WOW at a community garden in the heart of Davidson. Eddie Beach, coordinator of Davidson United Methodist Church’s garden (and accomplished gardener himself!), will be on hand to show our […]

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Wasp feeding

Native Bees are Great Pollinators!

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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Hummingbirds!

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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Eastern Cottontails!

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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Spotted Salamanders and More!

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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Brown-headed Nuthatch!

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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Lunar Eclipse of January 2019!

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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