In the fall of 2003, our family collected handfuls of acorns at Colonel Beatty Park in Matthews. We sealed them in a plastic container and tucked them away in the back of the refrigerator to simulate the winter that acorns require before they will germinate. It was to be a lesson in forestry for our 8-, 6- and 3-year old kids that would turn into much larger lessons about life and thanksgiving.
Volunteers with Carolina Waterfowl Rescue rescued 20 mallards and 10 turtles as of Friday. They found eight or 10 dead ducks and up to six dead turtles, said Jennifer Gordon, executive director of the group, an Indian Trail-based nonprofit.