Darts and laurels

  • Posted: Saturday, March 16, 2013 12:09 a.m.

Laurels to the return of Oliveea and Oscar, the osprey couple who have nested atop the Narrows Dam on the Yadkin River for the past few years. The birds have become the stars of their own nature show, thanks to streaming video from the “osprey cam” that Alcoa Power Generating set up at the nest site. Last year, thousands of viewers from around the world tuned in to catch glimpses of Oliveea and Oscar raising their brood of three chicks. After spending the winter on the coast, the birds reappeared at the site earlier this month, and the camera is back online, offering a vivid view of the nesting activities as well as audio (www.alcoa.com/ospreycam/). You also can read the osprey blog by Marshall Olson, Alcoa’s environmental and natural resources manager. Along with listening to the birds’ chirps, you can follow the tweets at #AlcoaOspreycam.

dart to “gallinippers,” the big mosquitoes that are likely to invade Florida this summer, scientist say. These mosquitoes (scientifically known as Psorophora ciliata) are roughly 20 times the size of more common mosquitoes and have been known to eat tadpoles and other small aquatic creatures. Of course, they also feed on human blood and, unlike other mosquitoes, tend to be round-the-clock pests. So along with feral pythons and monster sinkholes that swallow houses and people, the Sunshine State now may have to deal with hordes of monster mosquitoes. The good news: So far, there’s no indication they’re migrating this way.

Laurels to the new fitness trail at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College. The 1.5-mile trail will be the site of the first Tour de Campus 5K this morning, beginning at 9 a.m. People are much more likely to take a walk or go for a job when there’s a nearby, convenient and attractive venue. The trail provides a great resource for fitness as well as providing an outdoor complement for some instructional programs.

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