Posts filed under: Conservation Currents

Conservation Currents: Charlotte’s special trees

Meg Berlin | Conservation Commission Member Following a legacy can be a challenge. Last year Charlotte lost two of its largest and most special trees—the slippery elm on Thompson’s Point...

Conservation Currents: Avian musings from a kitchen window

Mary Van Vleck | Contributor Directly opposite my house, about 40 feet away, are two bluebird boxes that bring me entertainment all year long. They are placed in a grassy...

Conservation Currents: Seguin Bridge rehabilitation completed, construction crew elated

Mel Huff | Contributor Blow & Cote, the Morrisville heavy construction company that builds bridges, finished the rehabilitation of the historic Seguin Covered Bridge Friday, Dec. 9. The upper bridge...

Conservation Currents: Seguin Covered Bridge UPDATE

Mel Huff | Contributor The extensive rehabilitation of the 167-year-old Seguin Covered Bridge on Lewis Creek has been plagued by delays. First, the work, scheduled to begin in late June,...

Conservation Currents: The Conservation Commission evolves to meet the future

Mel Huff | Contributor At Town Meeting in 1989, Charlotte voted to establish a conservation commission. The new commission’s work was to include “maintaining an inventory of the Town’s natural...

What do you do with your dog poo? 

About six weeks ago, I finally made it to Town Hall with all the documentation needed to register my hound dog, Homer. He was the 374th dog registered this year....

All on a summer’s night

Sadly, bats are one of the most misunderstood and maligned of our native animals. Many people fear them or have cursed and killed them when they get into homes and...

Conservation Currents: Conservation as wealth creation

The Super Bowl, the Final Four, Bruce Springsteen concerts all create opportunities for scalping tickets. Economists call this market—reselling something you just bought—the secondary market. Super Bowl tickets, for example,...

Conservation Currents: Pollinators gone missing

Three years ago I planted a hummingbird and butterfly garden using handsome new cultivars, something I’d fantasized about doing for years. The bed attracted lots of hummingbirds, although not as...

Charlotte Conservation Currents: A Tale of Two Tools

On a one-day workshop with an expert from the State, a small group of Charlotters learned all about invasive plants on Mt. Philo. ...

iNaturalist program in Charlotte

If you see a bird at your feeder or a fisher cat at the edge of the woods, a bobcat passing nearby or even notice the stand of hickory trees...

Holiday décor – a bittersweet invasion

In preparation for Thanksgiving, many of us venture into the woods and fields, searching for plants to decorate our tables and doorways. One of the most spectacular and sought after...