Some weeks back, UNC-TV took part in a citizen science program called “CandidCritters“ by installing a camera trap behind our facilities. The program, which is sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Natural History, is designed to take photos of wildlife in the Tar Heel State.
Here are a few shots of some of the intriguing fauna found in UNC-TV’s backyard…
I thought I’d seen all the wildlife the UNC-TV campus had to offer – everything from geese to groundhogs – but a new resident has appeared seemingly out of nowhere.
Meet the peahen that has taken up residence at our facilities in the Research Triangle Park. I’m not sure of her origins (don’t believe peafowl are indigenous to the Tar Heel State) or where she hangs out during the day but those of us who work late have noticed her frequenting the outside of our lobby in the evenings. It appears as though she may be attracted to or antagonized by her reflection. Regardless, she’s a beautiful and welcome addition to the diverse fauna surrounding the UNC-TV environs. Continue reading →
I often talk about the amazing variety of fauna that can be seen on the grounds of and in the surrounding forest by the UNC-TV studios. In my time here, I’ve spotted deer, opossum, raccoon, ducks, squirrels, geese, egret, groundhog and all sorts of songbird. There may even be a few others I’ve forgotten but last week I saw something new. it was a wild turkey! (At least I think it’s a wild turkey – I can’t recall ever seeing one in person, let alone at UNC-TV, and it matches pictures I’ve found online.) The turkey was scavenging next to our driveway and I saw the gobbler as I was arriving for work. I pulled over and snapped a few pics and the bird scarpered off into the woods.
I haven’t spied the fowl since this initial encounter but I’ll keep an eye out. Here it is…
As I’ve mentioned before, UNC-TV is situated in a heavily wooded area in Durham County. Thus, the wildlife that populates our grounds is numerous and varied, especially in the spring. That’s why we always encourage staff and guests to drive slowly along our winding driveway. This sign shows a possibly light-hearted attempt to convey such a message.
A sure sight of spring around UNC-TV is the breeding pairs of geese that show up like clockwork. Before you know it, mum and dad will be followed by a procession of goslings. One of the many reasons employees and guests are urge to move slowly along our driveway.
Some weeks back, I spoke of the amazing wildlife that surrounds the UNC-TV facilities and posted a few pictures. As we move squarely into fall, I thought it nice to revisit with some shots taken from the UNC-TV breakroom.
Deer and geese take advantage of a feeder on UNC-TV’s grounds.