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Chipmunk Art: Sweet Cheeks

Chipmunk Art: Sweet Cheeks

 I created this chipmunk art to see how many acorns a chipmunk can cram in it's mouth Chipmunk art was not really on my mind when I watched a cute chipmunk jam its mouth full of acorns. Then I...

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Canvas Back Duck Sculpture: Cruisin’

Canvas Back Duck Sculpture: Cruisin’

 I want to create water movement in the stone  The stone for the canvas back duck is the perfect vehicle for generating water movement. There's a thin layer of quartz in the steatite (the...

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Shorebird Art: Ira Hudson Yellow Lesserlegs

Shorebird Art: Ira Hudson Yellow Lesserlegs

 I CREATED THIS PIECE TO COMMEMORATE MY FATHER. Shorebird art is one way to honor my father. As a world-renowned sporting art watercolorist, my dad was captivated by how beautifully and simply...

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Emergency Funding

Emergency Funding

   When the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (NCWF) calls and asks for emergency funding, we know it is important. US Fish & Wildlife Services (USFWS) has announced they will be...

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The Magic of a Sea Turtle Baby

The Magic of a Sea Turtle Baby

 Could it be a sea turtle baby? As we walk down the beach in Ponte Vedra, FL we see a tiny brown lump. And it is moving! Is it a crab? Sea Turtle Baby Wow, it is a hatchling trying to make it...

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How to Do Successful Wildlife Rescues

How to Do Successful Wildlife Rescues

 Are you helping or hindering when you do wildlife rescues? Well, let's start at the beginning. What happens when you see an animal in distress? You want to help it, of course. But, are you...

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When & How To Put Out Hummingbird Feeders

When & How To Put Out Hummingbird Feeders

   An age-old dilemma. When to put out hummingbird feeders? Well, in North Carolina, ruby-throated hummingbirds are often spotted along the North Carolina coast in early March. And they are...

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Girl Scouts Fall in Love With Red Wolves

Girl Scouts Fall in Love With Red Wolves

   Helping three Girl Scouts fall in love with our American red wolf is not something we ever imagined would happen. But here we are at the WNC Nature Center introducing the girls to Karma...

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Do You Fear Bees? So Do Elephants!

Do You Fear Bees? So Do Elephants!

 How Can Bees Help Elephants? As elephants and humans compete for scarce land and water resources, they come into conflict, sometimes with fatal results. It doesn't take long for an elephant to...

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Frog Skin: The Ultimate In Recycling

Frog Skin: The Ultimate In Recycling

 Frog skin. I never really thought about it.  Other than it feels slimy to the touch. Hmmm, bet you never thought about it either, did you? But it could just be the best use of recycling we...

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Saving Your Bluebirds With Snake Guards

Saving Your Bluebirds With Snake Guards

 Just What is a Snake Guard? If you have a bluebird house or any kind of bird nesting box, you might not have given much thought to snake guards. Nor had we until that fateful morning… But...

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A Great Time To Be A Citizen Scientist

A Great Time To Be A Citizen Scientist

 Dream of being a Scientist? Wouldn't it be cool to be a scientist? It turns out you may already be a citizen scientist and don't even know it. But wait, what the heck is one? Well, anyone who...

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Amazing Pollinators in the Garden

Amazing Pollinators in the Garden

Amazing Pollinators in the Garden How many pollinators in the garden can you name? Well, of course, there are bees and butterflies, but what about hummingbird moths, lizards, wasps, ants and...

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A Gorilla Win!

A Gorilla Win!

Getting in the Game with Gorillas  Dale with "Enigma" at the National Sculpture Society show Who doesn't enjoy being acknowledged for their hard work? Dale is looking dapper in his suit as he...

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Gotta Love the Underdog

Gotta Love the Underdog

Finally, an underdog species gets front & center stage. Immortalized as a sculpture and on the cover of a magazine. Wow, it just doesn't get much better!   Dale & Chancellor Kelly...

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Saying Thank you

Saying Thank you

Here we are with Governor Cooper & his wife, Kristin I don't say thank you enough. First, it requires interacting with people which as an introvert, I sometimes find hard to do. But I am finding...

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A Passion for Wildlife

A Passion for Wildlife

There is always a back story... How do you capture one's passion? And on paper, no less. Here's the full article. We think Rose Jenkins at Conserving Carolina...

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Extinct No More

Extinct No More

Giant Tortoise Discovered Extinct species? What do a giant tortoise and a giant bee have in common? They are both big? True, but even better, they both were thought to be extinct and have been newly...

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Creating a Red Wolf Sculpture

Creating a Red Wolf Sculpture

 A red wolf sculpture was not on our minds when we visited the NC Zoo in 2018. But after seeing their red wolves for the first time, we learned the only wild ones in the entire world (yes, on...

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Keystone Species: The Remarkable Benefits

Keystone Species: The Remarkable Benefits

 I keep reading about keystone species. But what is one exactly?  Is it a new type of animal or plant? Not exactly, but let's start with a comparison. Think about what a starfish and an...

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Falling in Love

Falling in Love

Our Story Begins... Fate. Falling in love. A broken sculpture, a missed art opening, and a chance encounter. It sounds like a mystery. Hmmm. We hear so much about "it is meant to be",  "things...

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Kiss a Frog? You bet!

Kiss a Frog? You bet!

Would either of us kiss a frog? You bet if it helps protect them from extinction. But we better kiss them quick as they may not be with us much longer. What? Over 40% of frogs, classified as...

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