Duke Energy is collaborating with the North Carolina Wildlife Federation to save Lake Norman’s largest heron rookery
From a distance, Heron Island looks like any of the 100 islands on Lake Norman, north of Charlotte, N.C. As its nickname suggests, however, this strip of land is home to between 60 and 80 great blue heron nests, the largest collection of herons anywhere on the 32,000-acre lake.
These heron nests were in danger – the island has been eroding due to waves generated by increasing boat traffic and heavy storms.
Duke Energy research will help scientists learn more about bats
Bats are hard to find. They’re small (some weigh less than three pennies), they fly by night and hide during the day, but perhaps the most challenging part is that there are fewer of them than there used to be.
Numbers are dropping because of White Nose Syndrome, a disease caused by a fungus that’s spreading across the country. In North Carolina’s mountains, bat researcher Han Li said the population of certain species has dropped by 99 percent.
Researcher confirms bald cypress tree is 2,624 years old – many nearby are more than 1,000 years old
Some of the oldest trees in the world are rooted along the swampy twists and turns of the Black River in eastern North Carolina. When University of Arkansas researcher David Stahle first saw the bald cypress trees in the 1980s, he knew they were ancient, but he recently proved that one is at least 2,624 years old – making it the fifth oldest living tree in the world.