We’ve recently had a number of visitors bring in or send our Naturalists pictures of snakes they have killed, mistakenly believing the snakes were copperheads when they were harmless rat snakes or racers.
These snakes are non-venomous and extremely beneficial. They prey on vermin such as mice, rats, squirrels and chipmunks, which can cause destruction to your home.
Copperheads eat rodents and also can be helpful. While you might not want them in your yard, they can be safely relocated by a trained professional.
The blog post below, originally published May 20, 2014, can help you ident… Keep reading.
April 12-18 is National Volunteer Week!
In the past year, more than 300 volunteers have generously given their time, talent and energy to bringing science and nature to life at our Museums.
This week, we’re spotlighting one of our adult volunteers, Missy Moss. She has been volunteering at Charlotte Nature Museum for 3 years and 7 months and has clocked more than 350 hours.
Every Thursday, full of smiles and hugs, Missy truly brightens our day. Working in Butterfly Pavilion, watering the plants, feeding the butterflies and making up Texas Pete’s salad are her favorite tasks.
Not onl… Keep reading.
April 13, 2015
Posted By: Charlotte Nature Museum
Our April Creature Feature is this Saturday!
I am looking forward to Earth Day Play Date because it’s always a lot of fun as we learn about being green and helping the world around us. I am also excited because we have some very special opportunities for our guests this year.
We will be holding an electronic recycling drive in front of the Museum, thanks to our friends at Greentek Recylcing. Click here to view a list of recyclable items. If you donate even just one item, you will be entered to win a raffle for free equipment pickups or an iPad. What a great incentive for spring cleaning!… Keep reading.
Ecosystems are very delicate. We know that if we take too many tuna out of the ocean, it will cause problems in their habitat because everything will go off balance.
It is easier for us to put limits on fishing or hunting but sometimes there are issues we cannot see happening, such as too much acid rain or water pollution in an area.
This is why indicator species are incredibly important to humans. An indicator species is a living thing that tells us something is wrong with a habitat or ecosystem.
Usually they tell us by not growing or surviving. If a certain area all of the sudden do… Keep reading.
March 17, 2015
Posted By: Charlotte Nature Museum
Are you interested in learning more about organic farming? Do you want to learn how to start your own compost system or organic farm at home? Learn from the pros!
Microfarm Organic Gardens is joining us this Saturday, March 21, for Bouncing Bunnies & Chattering Chicks. They’ll be talking about urban farming and backyard chicken keeping.
Our own Museum naturalists will show some unique ways to reduce waste using eggshells.
Baby chicks abandon them. You might toss them swiftly into the trash while making breakfast. But families can take another step toward sustainable living simply by … Keep reading.
March 13, 2015
Posted By: Ask a Naturalist
Today, I noticed the first buds on the trees. What a refreshing feeling! Although most days it still feels like winter — I continue to rue the day Queen Charlotte saw her shadow — spring is on its way.
With spring comes the best thing of all: free food! We have a grocery store in our backyards, if we know where to look.
Wild edibles are a delicious way to add incredible flavor and nutrients to your meal, from greens for your morning tea or summer salad to the walnuts that top that salad.
My favorite wild edible is the mulberry. These berries grow on the mulberry tree and look similar … Keep reading.