The official State Bird of North Carolina is the Northern Cardinal. The Cardinal was selected as the State Bird here in 1943. Seven states in all have named the Cardinal as their State Bird. Male Northern CardinalThese handsome, easily identifiable birds are year-round residents of North Carolina, and can be seen in yards and… Read More Old North State Symbols #1 – The State Bird
I’m starting a new series on the blog that will appear every now and again. I’m calling it “Know Your Neighborhood” because there are some remarkable plants and animals living right in our own neighborhoods that most folks don’t know are there. My goal with this series is to highlight the biodiversity that exists where… Read More Know Your Neighborhood #1
A forty-foot monster resides on the third floor of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Just as long, and nearly as tall, as Tyrannosaurus rex, this beasty roamed the North American continent about 45 million years before T. rex. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Acrocanthosaurus atokensis. The Acro. Why am I… Read More Footprints of the past
Back in 1967, what is now the North Carolina Museum of Life and Science built a trail featuring prehistoric creatures that wound through the woods along Ellerbe Creek. In 1996, Hurricane Fran damaged most of the exhibit, except for one lone giant, the Durham Brontosaurus. The Durham Brontosaurus The Durham Brontosaurus is… Read More A hidden giant.