Land & Wildlife

Land-use Planning Vital for Healthy Piedmont

The North Carolina Piedmont is home to most of the state’s centers of population and economic development. The growth this region is experiencing brings with it the potential for economic prosperity, but it often comes at a cost to our quality of life in general and our air quality and health in particular.

Clearly, we can grow and still maintain a healthy environment in which to live, work, and breathe, but to do so we must be keenly aware of the impact we are having on our environment. Fortunately, what is good for our air quality is also good for building community, for improving our quality of life and for ensuring the health of our citizens. (More)

Nearly 60 Experience Creepy Crawlers on Preserve


The turnout was so great for the Creepy Crawly Walk in September that the Catawba Center for the Environment had to schedule two reptile-and-amphibian searches on the college’s ecological preserve.

Nearly 60 people, both children and adults, found everything from mole salamanders and red spotted newts to a rat snake and a red-bellied turtle. Instructors Dave Burman and Jill Varkas led the groups onto the preserve, which is located at the back door of the Center for the Environment building. Burman, an environmental science teacher at Salisbury High School and a graduate of Catawba’s Environmental Science Program, and Varkas, a current Catawba student, helped the groups understand the differences between reptiles and amphibians, snakes and lizards, toads and frogs. (More)

Beavers Fascinate on Catawba Ecological Preserve

Catawba College’s ecological preserve has a way of capturing students’attention. It’s where they study the reclusive mole salamander or train their binoculars on the cavity-dwelling prothonotary warbler or watch the erratic flight of the Falcate orangetip butterfly.

The students’ current fascination is with a pair of beavers that have built a sevenfoot-tall lodge on the southern part of Lake Baranski. (More)

Volunteers Prepare Preserve for Fall Activities


About 30 volunteers gathered at the Catawba Center for the Environment Sept. 11 to prepare the college's 189-acre ecological preserve for fall activities.

Two teams worked on cleaning and repairing wood duck boxes for the fall migration, and two worked on trail maintenance and clean up in preparation for classes and student reserarch projects. (More)