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If you have been watching the OwlCam, you’ve observed that the owlets are no longer sitting in the nest.

While not fully grown or fully feathered, the owlets are branching out.

Perched on branches near the nest, using their beaks and talons to move about, the chicks are preparing to fledge on their first flight.

Visitors were able to catch a view of the two high in the trees, from the boardwalk leading to the Paw Paw Nature Trail.

The owlets were sitting on a branch, staring inquisitively at their admiring crowd while testing and spreading their wings.

However, don’t think for … Keep reading.

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For the past five years we have observed via Owl Cam a nesting pair of wild barred owls (Strix varia) in an oak tree on the Museum's Paw Paw Nature Trail.

Since barred owls nest only once a year ,we anxiously await the nesting pair’s annual arrival to monitor the female incubating her eggs followed by an exclusive glimpse of the newly hatched owlets. Rosa and Nate, as they are affectionately called by Dr. "Rob" Bierregaard, Jr. (former research professor at UNC Charlotte), began nesting on February 27. Rosa laid two eggs soon thereafter which she will now sit on, keeping them warm for appr… Keep reading.

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Starting this Friday, February 18 through Monday, February 21, Charlotte Nature Museum will be participating in the Great Backyard Bird Count. Tens of thousands of avid birders across the nation will be counting birds and submitting their data to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and Audubon Society. We want to help Charlotte, NC regain its rank as the number one locality to submit checklists, so we are inviting you to join us!

The data collected from Charlotte Nature Museum combined with data collected around the nation provides a “real-time” snapshot of where birds are across the cont… Keep reading.

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How much do you know about local wildlife and what they do to survive the cold season? Take the following quiz and test your knowledge (check back next week for the answers).

With Charlotte enduring one of the coldest winters on record we cannot help but wonder how local wildlife is faring. Some animals will migrate; others will hibernate, while others will stay around and find out how to stay warm well fed and safe during the cold winter months.

1. How do chipmunks spend the winter?
a. Migrate, they head south for warmer weather
b. Pupate, they metamorphose and form a pupa
c. Hibe… Keep reading.

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Regular visitors to our Museum have no doubt seen or heard one of our four-legged visitors on the Paw Paw Nature Trail… a white-tailed deer.

The many deer you may have seen frequently enters and exits the Museum’s grounds of its own accord. Deer have a range of approximately two square miles and often seek refuge in areas providing shelter, food and water. The natural supply of nuts and woody material on the Paw Paw Nature Trail and nearby greenway, and the abundant water supply from Little Sugar Creek create an ideal habitat. The neighborhood surrounding the Museum has a significant white… Keep reading.

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In the corner of Butterfly Pavilion stands a densely-leaved tree with thorns, it doesn’t bloom, and often doesn’t gain much attention from our visitors. This unassuming tree is a Valencia orange tree donated to us eight years ago, by a former volunteer. If trees could talk, this one would share quite a tale… read on.

About thirty years ago, a juicy, sweet Valencia orange was purchased at a grocery store in Ohio. While eating it, the consumer wondered if the sweet seeds would grow into a tree if planted. So he decided to try it, planted the seeds in a pot, watered, watched and waited. … Keep reading.

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