Animals That Mate For Life: Biodiversity in Your Backyard

Only about 5% of mammals are considered to be monogamous. On the other hand, birds tend to mate for life. For birds, long-term relationships work better. Around 90% of birds agree! So if you’ve lost faith in love and think that nobody stays together anymore, keep reading. Couples that will not consider “divorce” as an […]

barn owls are cute and monogamous

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Tree Identification

At first glance trees may look very similar. But, if you look closely and pay attention, you could become an expert on identifying trees. First, you need to know what to look for. This blog will give you tips and hints so you can identify some tree species easily. How to Identify: Maple Trees When […]

birch trees are a vibrant orange in the autumn

Carnivorous Plants: Biodiversity in Your Backyard

You may have heard about carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap. Let’s admit it, that alien look they have: it’s fascinating and a bit spooky! Perfect for the Halloween season, but luckily only insects need to beware! Carnivorous plants get most of their nutrients from the insects they consume. That’s why they sometimes grow in […]

carnivorous plants: roundleaf sundew

Biodiversity In Your Backyard: Reptiles

Guest post by Emma Dawson The Southeastern United States is home to a variety of reptile species, some of which you’ve probably seen in real life! In fact, in 2016 the area was named the world’s 36th biodiversity hotspot. Reptiles are an important part of this biodiversity. Lizards, turtles, snakes, and crocodiles are scaly animals […]

Biodiversity in Your Backyard: Autumn Edition

There’s a certain mystery to autumn here in Western North Carolina. Most mornings, as the sun rises, the fog settles in for a few hours. Of all of the seasons, I probably love fall the most. There’s just something about being able to go outside, crunch some leaves, and watch stuff change. This month, we’ll […]