What birds tell us about Mecklenburg’s environment

This loggerhead shrike, nesting near the Regal Starlight movie theater in northeast Mecklenburg County, was one of the last of its species in the county. The bird and its mate are no longer there. Photo: Tom Sanders 2011
A mostly volunteer team of “citizen scientists” is helping Mecklenburg County track which bird species are reappearing, or disappearing as development changes the local habitat. An interview with naturalist Don Seriff.

Charlotte’s goal is to mix uses, but change is slow on the ground

Metropolitan mixed-use development just outside uptown Charlotte.
Like many cities, Charlotte aims to encourage mixed-use development, after decades of conventional zoning practices that separate uses. PlanCharlotte.org looked at zoning in the city and found almost all Charlotte land is zoned for single-use development.

From food scraps to new business venture

Bins at collection point for Crown Town Compost. Photo: Mary Newsom
Three environmentally minded Charlotte entrepreneurs contemplated food waste and instead of seeing a stinky mess, they sniffed out potential for a new business focused on sustainability. Enter Crown Town Compost.