About six weeks ago, I finally made it to Town Hall with all the documentation needed to register my hound dog, Homer. He was the 374th dog registered this year. I mentioned to Mary Mead that I was going to write an article about dog poop, and she gave her two cents that more dogs were living in Charlotte than the town has registered. I’m sure that’s true, given I’ve been delinquent now and then! One tidbit of info I found in several places suggested that a typical ecosystem could handle two dogs per square mile. Charlotte is a little more than 40 square miles, and the town has many more dogs than that, even with just the registered ones!
Sadly, bats are one of the most misunderstood and maligned of our native animals. Many people fear them or have cursed and killed them when they get into homes and barns.
The Super Bowl, the Final Four, Bruce Springsteen concerts all create opportunities for scalping tickets. Economists call this market—reselling something you just bought—the secondary market. Super Bowl tickets, for example, real of counterfeit, have a face value of $1,500 but can bring in from $3,150 to $15,000.
Three years ago I planted a hummingbird and butterfly garden using handsome new cultivars, something I’d fantasized about doing for years. The bed attracted lots of hummingbirds, although not as many butterflies as I expected.
On a one-day workshop with an expert from the State, a small group of Charlotters learned all about invasive plants on Mt. Philo.
If you see a bird at your feeder or a fisher cat at the edge of the woods, a bobcat passing nearby or even notice the stand of hickory trees on your route home, you can be part of a larger scientific assessment of our natural world.
In preparation for Thanksgiving, many of us venture into the woods and fields, searching for plants to decorate our tables and doorways. One of the most spectacular and sought after plants is the colorful Oriental or Asian bittersweet vine (Celastrus orbiculatus)