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Charlotte Nature Museum Members enjoy exclusive access to the Museum for Spinning Spiders & Creepy Crawlers, our October Creature Feature.

From ghosts and superheroes to witches and princesses, our littlest Charlotte Nature Museum Members trick-or-treated their way into our hearts at Saturday's Boo Bash.

Boo Bash gave Members exclusive access to the Museum for Spinning Spiders & Creepy Crawlers, our October Creature Feature. They enjoyed arts and crafts, face painting, storytelling, mini golf and live animal encounters, all before the Museum opened to the public.

Check out our slideshow at right to see photos from this spook-tacular event.

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The flying squirrel might be the animal that is hardest to see at the Museum. Flying squirrels are arboreal, or tree dwelling, so they like to make nests up high. They are also nocturnal animals, so they are awake at night and sleep during the day.

Many animals at Charlotte Nature Museum are out and about when you visit, while some are more of a challenge to see.

But there is a clear reason for this. Most of the animals that don't move often or are hidden are nocturnal animals.

Nocturnal animals are awake at night and sleep during the day. (Animals that are awake during the day are called diurnal.)

Some of our animals that are nocturnal include the flying squirrel, skunk and opossum. Because the Museum is only open during the day, our nocturnal animals typically are sleeping or hiding while visitors are here.

The flying squirrel might be the animal that is hardest to see at the Museum. Flying squirrels are arboreal, or tree dwelling, so they like to make nests up high.

Our flying squirrel prefers to make a small nest … Keep reading.

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A Charlotte Nature Museum naturalist cleans a young water snake that was caught in a glue trap.

Although commonly used for pest control in homes and commercial buildings, glue traps can have unintended consequences for wildlife, something that Charlotte Nature Museum had a run in with recently.

A woman brought in a small snake stuck in a trap, which we quickly identified as a juvenile water snake. The snake was so saturated in the glue, it could not move. Its jaw was disjointed and stuck in an awkward, painful-looking position.

Naturalists immediately went to work on the snake, gently rubbing mineral oil onto its shiny scales while prying it away from the glue.

Once extracted from the trap itself, more work was still in store. The glue had encased the snake in a thick, gummy mess.

After more than an hour of concentrated work, the water snake was finally cleared of all… Keep reading.

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Whether it was a nature walk, habitat building, fishing or creek crawling, Summer Camps at Charlotte Nature Museum are messy, sweaty, silly, educational and, above all, unforgettable.

The Summer Camp season recently end, which makes me very sad.

I enjoy Summer Camps so much; it's probably my favorite time of the year.

We have a lot of different kinds of Camps here for kids from ages 3 - 10 years old. Most of this season, I have had the pleasure of helping teach the Camps for Pre-K and Rising Grades 4 - 5.

From day to day, the themes change but the fun and excitement stays the same.

For the youngest Campers we spend a lot of time talking about the differences between types of animals and being able to identify them by sight. We went on a lot of nature walks to find birds, bugs, and every once in a while we would see reptiles or mammals.

The Campers loved finding animals, whether out in nature or on exhibition in the Museum, and always enjoyed making craft… Keep reading.

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Marvin Bouknight is the new director of Charlotte Nature Museum.

My name is Marvin Bouknight and I am honored to be the new director of Charlotte Nature Museum.

From an early age, I have been excited and enthusiastic about animals, wildlife and all things natural.

My mom loves to tell the story of when I was a little fellow; I had a bumblebee hover in front of my face. I ran to my mom and excitedly told her, "I saw a bumblebee! I saw a bumblebee!" When she told me it wouldn't hurt me, I exclaimed, "I'm not scared! I saw his eyes!"

I have always been into nature and when it came time to go to college, this passion guided me to Clemson University, where I received a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries biology.

After a short career in commercial fisheries and analytical chemistry, I finally found my calling as the naturalist for Charle… Keep reading.

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Campers create sculpture out of recycled materials during the Leadership Development Summer Camp at Charlotte Nature Museum. The public is invited to submit their own recycled material sculptures by noon, Friday, July 18. One winner will receive a family 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Place.

Want to win a family 4-pack of tickets to Discovery Place?

Then grab some recycled materials and get creative!

Campers in this week's Leadership Development Summer Camp have organized a recycled material sculpture building contest, and everyone is invited to participate.

Sculptures can be any size, as long as they're made of recycled materials and easily transportable. To enter, bring your creation to Charlotte Nature Museum by noon on Friday, July 18. The contest is open to all ages.

Campers will select one overall winner, who will be recognized in a special presentation at 1:00 p.m. at the stage in Fort Wild.

Following the presentation, participants are invited to join the campers in a clean-up of the greenway and park behind the Museum. All volunteers should wear comforta… Keep reading.

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