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for Friend of Wildlife Vol. 46 Issue 2, Spring 1999
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One hundred years before Audubon began painting birds, Mark Catesby was painting birds in colonial America. Called the \"Colonial Audubon,\" Catesby published NATURAL HISTORY OF CAROLINA, FLORIDA, and BAHAMAS in England between the years 1731 and 1743. The book contains 109 bird illustrations, 20 color plates, and text. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Press has recently reissued the book in paperback.
By making some changes in the backyard, homeowners can create wildlife habitats. Adding water will attract many creatures. A birdbath is the simplest way. Reduce lawn size and add more trees, flowers, and shrubs. Put out bird feeders and boxes. Stack logs and rocks to provide nesting places. Control the cat, so that attracted wildlife will not feed the family pet.
The Wildlife and Industry Together (W.A.I.T.) program, run by the N.C. Wildlife Federation Endowment and Education Fund, brings together state and local conservation groups and industry to accomplish two goals: creating wildlife habitats on commercial and industrial lands and educating people about wildlife occupying these habitats. The state's first W.A.I.T. program was started by the Kemet Electronics plant in Shelby in 1997.
Among the winners of the N.C. Wildlife Federation's Governor's Conservation Achievement Award for 1998 are the N.C. Conservationist of the Year, Dohn Broadwell (Fayetteville); Environmental Educator of the Year, Celeste Wescott Maus (Raleigh); and Hall of Fame, John Lentz (Ellerbe).