Environment

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Book review: Birds of the Central Carolinas

This book aspires to be much more than just another field guide. It’s a longitudinal documentation of avian life in the Piedmont, a region undergoing tremendous change.

Golden Anniversary year: Celebrating our history, changing to greet our future

As the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute prepares to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2019, we are reflecting on how our history and growth mirror both the region we focus on and the university that nurtures us.

He’s (almost) winning a war with invasives

On a preserved tract in Gaston County, one determined man is fighting a long-term war to remove the invasive plant species that choke out native plants and wildlife.

Energy action plan for Charlotte inches ahead

Charlotte first adopted a greenhouse gas emission reduction resolution in 2007.  Now, 11 years later, the City Council is considering a new resolution to move the initiative ahead.

UNCC researchers launch long-term study at Gaston preserve

Looking up a tall pine surrounded by bigleaf magnolias at Redlair. Photo: Nancy Pierce As the Charlotte region urbanizes, scientists from UNC Charlotte describe how they’ll use a Gaston County site as a long-term observatory to monitor natural systems.

Steele Creek wins first in Autobell Creek Challenge

Team photo of Steele Creek Elementary with Autobell CEO Chuck Howard. Photo: Courtesy Autobell Car Wash Teams of fourth- and fifth-graders competed to learn who knew the most about water pollution and local science, history and geography related to the creeks in Charlotte. 

Driving alone? Way2Go CLT wants to change that

Bicycle parked in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce A new initiative is using prizes as incentive to encourage people to reduce single-occupancy trips by car. The project runs March 1-Oct. 31.

With more deer but few predators, county turns to hunts

Deer leaps at edge of woods in north Mecklenburg. Photo: Nancy Pierce When a wildlife habitat lacks natural predators, some species become over-abundant. Deer herds are healthier, experts say, when controlled hunting is allowed. Part of the 2017 KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT project.

Your backyard can be habitat for wildlife

Flowers and a statue decorate Ernie McLaney's wildlife habitat garden How some local residents scrapped pesticides and herbicides and created a haven for native plants and animals – and even welcome insects. Part of KEEPING WATCH on HABITAT.

How to safeguard Charlotte’s trees? Plan aims to support the canopy

Gingko trees in uptown Charlotte. Photo: Nancy Pierce Charlotte's tree canopy faces serious long-term threats. An urban forestry management plan in the works would encourage more public involvement and education.