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Three Eastern spadefoot, unique amphibians that are neither frog nor a toad, recently came to live at Charlotte Nature Museum.

Charlotte Nature Museum recently acquired a new addition to its live animal collection, three Eastern spadefoot (Scaphiopus holbrookii).

These amphibians can be found (or not found, if stealthily hiding) in Creature Cavern.

Often referred to as a toad, the spadefoot actually inhabits its own family, distinct from frogs and toads, called Pelobatidae. This makes them a very unique creature indeed.

They are a small to medium-sized Anuar, which is the order for frogs and toads. Their biggest claim to fame is their single, sickle-shaped tubercle, or spade, which hides on the underside of e… Keep reading.

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Citizen scientists count pollinators around Charlotte Nature Museum as part of The Great Sunflower Project on Friday, July 3.

A dozen citizen scientists recently joined us for our first Citizen Science Friday, The Great Sunflower Project.

The Great Sunflower Project is the largest citizen science project for pollinators. Scientists around the world rely heavily on the help of their community to help them better understand where, how and why the world’s pollinators are on the decline.

Our citizen scientists counted pollinators such as hummingbirds, bees, butterflies and other species around Charlotte Nature Museum as well as Freedom Park.

We collected the data and sent it to San Francisco State University, wh… Keep reading.

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Wear blue in honor of World Oceans Day and you'll receive a free marine animal toy this Saturday at Charlotte Nature Museum.

Join us Saturday, June 20, for a day chock full of ocean exploration!

Charlotte Nature Museum will Celebrate World Oceans as our June Creature Feature. We’ll be learning about the ocean and how we can become better stewards of these special waters.

Kids (and kids at heart) will receive a cool sea creature toy when they wear blue in honor of the ocean.

Get your eyes and hands on some cool ocean artifacts, see what it’s like to live like a cold water mammal with an interactive blubber glove, make a Facebook pledge to the ocean with our selfie station, play Under the Sea Bingo and even m… Keep reading.

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A pair of barred owls that has made its nest on the Paw Paw Nature Trail. The male owl, pictured, has come so close as to sit on the border of the Back Deck of the Museum.

A couple of feathered friends have recently returned to the Museum.

A nesting pair of barred owls (Strix varia) has been hanging out close to the Back Deck and on the boardwalk. They are less afraid of people than owls typically are and have caused quite a stir.

The male owl has come so close as to sit on the border of our Back Deck and was the only one we were seeing for quite some time.

One night while I was closing Fort Wild, I noticed another barred owl. I knew she was different because the plastic line of a transmitter was pointing out from her back. This device does not harm the… Keep reading.

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Copperheads have a distinct hourglass pattern on their skin. Young copperheads also have a bright green tail. Photo credit: Virginia Herpetological Society

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.

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Charlotte Nature Museum volunteer Missy Moss, second from left, poses with naturalists Nikki Panos, Leslie Wilhoit and Mary Wells.

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.

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