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By Amber Veverka Chicks are arriving in Charlotte-area stores in the next couple of weeks, and nearby breeders already have batches of chicks ready for new homes. If you want to raise backyard hens, here are a few things to get you started. Prepare a brooder. A brooder box simulates the heat a mother hen […]

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By Amber Veverka The springtime pools in Charlotte-area woodlands this week were sheathed with ice – so what does that mean for the salamanders whose eggs are usually clustered in the water this time of year? The answer, says conservation biologist Don Seriff, is that in most cases, if the cold doesn’t last too long, […]

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By Amber Veverka Our kids spend more time indoors, and in front of screens, than we did as children, and most of us realize instinctively that something has been lost in this transition to an indoor childhood. Even when kids are outdoors, it’s often for organized activities, such as team sports. The time many of […]

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By Amber Veverka The golden-crowned kinglet leans over a sketched-twig perch, his bright eye peering out from the page at his creator, Leigh Anne Carter. Carter, 27, is a scientific illustrator, a member of a storied profession whose practitioners – from famous naturalists such as John James Audubon to modern-day illustrators at the National Geographic […]

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