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for North Carolina Naturalist Vol. 24 Issue 3, Summer 2016
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A pre-colonial site has been identified using a map from John White, one of the first explorers to the New World and the one who found the Croatan message from the Lost Colony. Speculating that this mark could pertain to the Lost Colony, archaeologists have begun digging in the area now called Site X, exposing colonial-era artifacts. These artifacts can now be seen at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
How bird beaks fit the bill when it comes to food consumption is by the shape of the bird’s beak. According to Evan Hunt, the shape determines what the bird eats (grass, fish, nuts, and insects) as well as how it eats (impaling or clamping down on its prey, for example).
This quartet of profiles for this article covered topics. It ranged from the Dragonfly Detectives Program; new queen bee cells introduced to the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Discovery Room’s Observation Hive; a review of Caren Cooper’s Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Science; Dr. Adrian Smith, winner of the 2016 Early Career Professional Outreach and Public Engagement Award.
Profiled was the North Carolina Museum of Art’s 20th Annual Bugfest, touted by the author as the single largest bug-centric event held in the United States. This article discussed the theme of that year’s event, ants. Also noted was two Museum ant experts and their NCSU colleague’s list of seven favorite ants, which included the Exploding Ant and Indian Jumping Ant.