Lake Norman is now the third Community Wildlife Habitat in the state and Duke Energy is celebrating the designation by hosting the first “Wild Over Lake Norman Backyard Wildlife Fair” on Oct. 1.
It’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the EnergyExplorium at McGuire Nuclear Station on Lake Norman, and admission is free. “We wanted to do a kid-friendly event that gets children outside and encourages families to make their backyard a wildlife-friendly habitat,” said Hailey Wilson, spokesperson for Duke Energy. “We’re using this event to celebrate and commemorate that we are a Community Wildlife Habitat but we still want even more families to take part and get certified.”
She said community partners and vendors in the area have joined Duke to target the event for all ages. “We’ll have face painting, Zootastic Park will be here letting children meet exotic animals while offering pony rides and local experts will tell the kids about native birds, plants, wildlife and the lake,” she said.