This week before I do my regular nature notes on what's going on in my yard, I'm going to begin in downtown Raleigh, NC with our new Green Square.
The green rectangle above is in the courtyard outside the new Nature Research Center and I'm not sure of its purpose as there isn't a sign yet.
The green roof above is pretty self explanatory. To explain about Green Square it's a "two-block multi-use sustainable development project" in downtown Raleigh where the NC State environmental offices are being built. Green Square also includes the new Nature Research Center as well as the NC Museum of Natural Science which has been there for a long time.
The Green Square Complex will enable the Department of Environment and
Natural Resources and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences to promote
stewardship by example to the general public, while providing
experiential learning opportunities focused on the current scientific
research and environmental issues affecting our daily lives.
The model below in the Nature Research Center shows how rainwater collection and design features for water run-off are part of the new buildings.
I noticed there were a lot of charging units for people with electric cars around Green Square.
The rest of the post will be my regular nature diary style nature notes.
The bee above looked drowned on the butterfly plant and I never saw it move.
The female house finch blends into my deck floor.
Although I only caught two bees in the next shot, after I zoomed in, their were hundreds of them on the ampelopsis (porcelain vine).
It's a good thing I like Queen Anne's Lace because it springs up all over my yard.
My perennial grasses are starting to form their plumes.
The bee below was feasting on the butterfly weed.
My hydrangeas are very early blooming this year.
Below is what I call my parent hydrangea.
The next shot is of its offspring that I moved to another part of my yard, quite a few years ago, and it is rivaling the parent.
Next another shot of the house finch which hang out on my deck. The house finch shots this week or all females. The colorful males were camera shy this week.
The male cardinal was shaking off water from his bath below.
The next shots are of the male rufous-sided towhee.
Their eyes are very intense.
The American Robins are enjoying the spring weather.
I think the mourning dove looks very stoical.
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