Beauty Takes Flight
If you happen to be a mealworm, 248 Ridgewood Avenue in Charlotte, North Carolina, is nowhere you want to be in springtime. Granted, you and 9,999 other worms are honored guests each week at a banquet given by cardinals, wrens, nuthatches, and brown thrashers at Wing Haven Gardens and Bird Sanctuary. Trouble is, you’re also the main course.
“Lord, purge our eyes to see
Within the seed a tree,
Within the glowing egg a bird,
Within the shroud a butterfly:
Till taught by such, we see
Beyond all creatures Thee…”
Charlotte, NC 28209
www.winghavengardens.com or (704) 331-0664.
Hours: 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, 10 a.m.-noon Wednesday, and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
Suggested donation: $5 per adult.
Food―berries, nuts, seeds, nectar, insects, spiders, and worms
Water―especially splashing and shallow water
Nesting sites in trees and shrubs
Shelter from predators