Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Naturalist Vol. 9 Issue 2, Fall/Win 2001
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Kemp examines how non-indigenous species are endangering the natives in North Carolina and beyond. For example, flathead catfish eat native fishes or their food, hydrilla plants overtake lakes, and kudzu covers every bare spot in sight. She describes characteristics of the invaders and presents seven things individuals can do to help control them.
Dunn explains how to garden to attract wildlife, focusing on the four things wild creatures need to survive: food, water, shelter, and a place to raise their young. His advice is to plant natives and they will come. He includes a drawing of his backyard garden which consists of native plants around a pond.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences serves a vast array of citizens in their outreach and education programs. Senior centers, Scout organizations, and school groups are among the groups that benefit from these programs. The museum has also become fluid in adjusting the programs to help incorporate better teaching styles for deaf, blind, bilingual, and distance learning patrons.
The Swainson’s warbler, popular in the bottomland hardwood swamps of the Coastal Plain of North Carolina, has been researched and watched by the museum staff. By banding the birds and watching them during field excursions, researchers are able to track them, determine nesting and breeding patterns, and overall behavior of the birds.