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Habitat and Wildlife Keepers

Habitat and Wildlife Keepers is committed to preserving, protecting and restoring wildlife habitat in the SE area of the Charlotte Metro area. We meet the first Tuesday of each month (Sept-May) at 7pm at the Matthews Community Center.

Location: Matthews, NC
Members: 50
Latest Activity: Mar 12

HAWK Meeting - What's all the BUZZZZZ?

Tuesday, May 6, 7PM

Matthews Community Center

100 McDowell St, Matthews

 

Bee Hives on the Ritz Carlton?  Honey ice cream at the Ritz?  Whipped honey with Lemon? Bourbon honey?

 

Beekeeper Randall York, has taken beekeeping to a whole new level......literally!  He has beehives on the roof of the Ritz Carlton and the honey produced is used in the hotel's restaurants.  Cloister Honey started in his neighborhood of the same name in South Charlotte.  Randall's profession took a turn during the Great Recession and he has made a thriving business out of turning pollen into honey. Wildflower honey as well as a host of flavor-infused whipped honeys, Cloister has a honey for every occasion!  

 

Join HAWK at the May meeting to hear about the art of beekeeping and taste the many flavors of infused Cloister Honey.  Randall will use his energy, enthusiasm and humor to educate us on the pros and cons of beekeeping and how we can help these important pollinators in our own backyard, with or without a hive. And honey will be available for purchase.  

 

This meeting is free and open to everyone.  For more information  HAWKNCWF@gmail.com704-814-0877 or habitatsteward.org.

 

SPECIAL RAFFLE AT MAY MEETING:

Lowes very generously donated a push mower (pic attached) for us to raffle at our upcoming meeting.  This raffle will be separate from our usual raffle prizes

Did you know that using a single gas-powered lawn mower for an hour is equal to up to 11 cars on the road?  Just think: you can get your exercise, not wake up your neighbors on a weekend morning, and not pollute the environment!  Winner!

 

TOOL DONATION

After Henry Owen from Friendship Gardens spoke at our April meeting, many of you have inquired about how to donate your extra gardening tools to help his project.  Attached is Henry's Wish List and how you can donate your extra and idle gardening tools and help Henry make a difference!

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND.....

FROG WALKS!

Four Mile Creek Greenway, Piper Glen

June 13 and August 9

 

When was the last time you went for a walk after dark?  Ever wonder what kind of frog that is making that sound?  Seen a beaver lately?  Want to see trees lit up by lightning bugs?  

 

If so, join us on our Frog Walks this summer.  Naturalist and Charlotte Observer columnist Taylor Piephoff will lead us on walks along the Four Mile Creek Greenway in Piper Glen (in front of Trader Joe's).  This greenway will take us through a variety of habitats where we will see the many kinds of wildlife that live there.  

 

These walks are free, but please pre-register by sending an email to HAWKNCWF@gmail and put "FROG WALK" in the subject line.  We will send you details on when and where to meet.    

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HAWK OFFICERS
President, Mary Bures
Vice President, Michelle Hitselberger
Treasurer, Carol Buie-Jackson
Secretary, Joan Melville

 

Discussion Forum

Recycling Larger Items

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HAWK wants your Bottle Caps!!! 1 Reply

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Comment by Adriana Atkinson on December 5, 2012 at 5:37pm

HI

My name is Adriana Atkinson. I am new to the group, but not to wildlife.

While I was in Vet school in South America, I worked with local and private zoos, and that included rehabilitating and caring for confiscated animals that had been removed illegally from the wild. I then completed a MS on Conservation and Natural Resources at UF. Family and personal circumstances pulled me away from the field. Some years ago, we started volunteering with horse rescue organizations, and now I have a business related to horses.

The love for the environment and wild life never left though. I have 3 children whom I have homeschooled for the last 10 years, and they are also very environmentally oriented. I lead 2 Envirothon teams (Middle and High school); The high school team competed for the first time last year, ranking 2nd at Regional, and 18th at State, with my daughter ranking 5th on the wildlife section. She wants to pursue a career in wildlife, and has her goals set, and working towards it.

We are looking forward to getting involved more with wildlife. Our next target is obtaining a rehabilitator license (the ARC has their next class in February, correct?) We are also looking forward to participating in your meetings, and getting to know all of you

Adriana

Comment by Ernie McLaney on October 11, 2012 at 7:33pm

Images from HAWK's October 2012 Meeting:

Comment by Carol Buie-Jackson on March 5, 2010 at 9:00am
BLUE SLIP RESPONSES FROM THE MARCH 2 HAWK MEETING ON BOG GARDENS WITH DR. MELLICHAMP
BLUE SLIPS MARCH 2 2010.doc
Comment by Ernie McLaney on April 8, 2009 at 5:23pm
Images from our HAWK meeting on April 7th, in Matthews:


Comment by Debbie Foster on September 22, 2008 at 8:15pm
Chris,

Good to see you at the HAWK meeting. Come again!
Comment by Christopher North on September 3, 2008 at 10:19am
GREAT meeting last night and a huge turn out. Good luck with the Park & Rec Land Bond Public Hearing!!!!!
 

Members (50)

 
 
 
SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS FOR THEIR SUPPORT! MATTHEWS PANERAS 1904 Matthews Township Pkwy 704 846 4003
David Lutton
General Manager


MATTHEWS DILWORTH COFFEE
110 Matthews Station
704 321 1544
Elgin Kenna
General Manager

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Items of Interest

In response to the increasing interest in native plants and the environment, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens has partnered with the NC Native Plant Society and the Habitat and Wildlife Keepers to offer a series of in-depth courses combining lecture and hands-on learning, leading to a Certificate in Native Plant Studies.

What can be gained from pursuing the Certificate?

* A solid foundation of knowledge and appreciation of the Piedmont flora and its ecology – for personal or professional benefit.
* Training in identification, plant selection, planning and maintenance of gardens and landscapes that primarily utilize native plants, and other specialized skills (depending on electives chosen).

Who should pursue a Certificate?
* Home gardeners
* Naturalists
* Habitat stewards
* Landscapers & land developers
* Environmentalists, conservationists
* Environmental educators

Click here for more information

NC NATIVE PLANT LISTS--Downloadable
Mecklenburg County created an extensive list of native plants, their soil and light requirements and what they provide for wildlife. Feel free to download these files to your computer
Native Tree List.xls

Native Flower List.xls

Native Shrub List.xls

Native Grass List.xls


Invasive Plants of North Carolina

Meck County Invasive list and native alternatives.doc

ATTRACTING BATS!!!

Downloadable guidelines on how to attract bats and where to put your bat house from Bat Conservation International

batsattracting.pdf

bathousecriteria.pdf


Wildlife Action Plan

Implementing the NC Wildlife Action Plan.doc

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