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.