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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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Elderberries are flowering now across the Carolinas Piedmont, and their lacy, white flowers are easily spotted along highways, especially in wet ditches. The flowers soon will be followed by dark-purple berries which, while rank-tasting when raw, make rich preserves when cooked. Even the blossoms can be eaten: Trimmed flower heads, cleaned of insects, can be […]

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  By Amber Veverka   Red-shouldered  hawks are making their presence loudly known in Charlotte neighborhoods this month as the birds begin to pair up and get ready for nesting season. If you’ve noticed loud “keer, keer” sounds in the skies lately, it’s red-shouldered hawks you’re hearing, says Ron Clark, president of the Mecklenburg Audubon […]

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By Amber Veverka      School will be out soon and that’s a great time to get outside with kids and gather materials for a few crafts using items from nature. Here are 5 ideas:      1. Pressed-leaf coasters. Gather a few thin leaves. Try fern fronds or English ivy leaves. You also can try blossoms of winter-blooming pansies. Press the […]

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