The Nature Blog

The wise old mountains

By sprigglys | March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

In Western North Carolina, chances are you can’t go far without see a mountain. While the mountains are awe-inspiring on an almost daily basis, I was not fully aware of the historical, industrial, or geological importance of the Appalachian Mountains. After doing further reading on the subject, I felt many would find this information as fascinating…

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Carpenter bees do more good than harm

By sprigglys | February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments
Carpenter Bee, Native Bees of North America

Annoying but important  You know carpenter bees- the large yellow and black insects that bore holes in wood and can sometimes be seen patrolling their territories. These traits have given the carpenter bee a bad rap which it does not deserve. Carpenter bees are an important part of the ecosystem for several main reasons. These…

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Native pollinators need help too

By sprigglys | February 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Honey bees aren’t the only pollinators suffering You’ve heard about the dangers facing honey bees- pests, diseases, and pesticides have stressed the species to a critical point. This threatens to make using honey bees for pollination services much more costly and difficult. The pollination of billions of dollars worth of crops hangs in the balance. However,…

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The Flashy World of Floral Attraction

By sprigglys | January 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Beyond the beauty  While many of us take pleasure in being around blooming plants because of their beauty, a closer look reveals the true nature of flowers. What might at first glance appear to be a peaceful wildflower meadow is actually the site of frenzied activity. For many creatures on Earth, a collection of flowers…

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Bivalves: Nature’s Water Filters

By sprigglys | January 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Small but mighty On ocean floors and riverbeds, colonies of organisms clad in armor plating filter minute organisms out of the water around them.  These creatures remain in the same spots for years at a time and can siphon huge amounts of water throughout the course of their lifetimes.  Tiny fortresses nestled among the rocks…

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