Part 9

Workers from Duke Energy, Davey Tree, and Pike Electric all became students of natural history while completing the underground power installation at Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History. Bill Hilton Jr., the Center's executive director, took time out to show employees how birds are banded and to talk about research and education initiatives at the Center. One worker had an especially rewarding experience when a Southern Flying Squirrel scurried out of the bluebird box on the pole he was climbing (see photo below).

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A Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys volans) nesting in a bluebird box at Hilton Pond Center made a rare daylight appearance during the removal of aerial power lines. Further examination of the box revealed two young squirrels whose eyes were still shut.

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