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Amphibians such as salamanders are indicator species. They are sensitive to changes in their ecosystem and can alert humans to environmental issues.

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.

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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 this Saturday, March 21, at Bouncing Bunnies & Chattering Chicks.

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.

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Mulberries grow on the mulberry tree and look similar to blackberries.

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.

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Marvin Bouknight, Charlotte Nature Museum director, names the Eastern Screech Owl as his favorite Museum resident.

Maybe you can't ask a mother to choose her favorite child, but you can ask a naturalist to choose a favorite animal!

Although we don't play favorites when it comes to caring for the animals that live at Charlotte Nature Museum, certain animals hold a unique appeal for our equally unique staff members.

Marvin Bouknight, director
I have been interested and excited about any and all wildlife as long as I remember. When I was 13 years old, I saw a film in school about owls and became fascinated by them and the ornithologists that were studying them. Knowing that I was interested in birds an… Keep reading.

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A visitor found this crow skull and exchanged it as part of our Nature Trading Project.

Our newest program at Charlotte Nature Museum is our Nature Trading Project.

It has been a lot of fun seeing visitors get excited about the interesting natural materials they find outside. There have been some pretty neat objects brought in.

So how exactly does it work?

Our Coordinator Gail stocked a cart completely full with oddities we found in our Museum, as well as around the grounds. Three times a month, the Trading Post opens for business. You can find out dates and time by looking at our Upcoming Events.

Come in with your object and either start an account to accrue as many poi… Keep reading.

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The newly crowned Queen Charlotte saw her shadow today, predicting six more weeks of winter for the Charlotte area.

Don't pack up your coats and gloves yet.

The newly crowned Queen Charlotte saw her shadow today, predicting six more weeks of winter for the Charlotte area.

Our preeminent prognosticator carried out her royal duty in a private ceremony with members of the local media. The Museum is typically closed on Mondays.

The latest groundhog to hold the title, Queen Charlotte is less than a year old and is continuing to brush up on her regal manners in preparation for next year's public ceremony.

Stop by the Museum's Creature Cavern Tuesday-Sunday to welcome Queen Charlotte in her new role. We w… Keep reading.

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