By Sarah Gilliam
Ok, this is kind of a trick question because the answer is multiple animals, which were photographed by a series of ‘critter cams’ along the Northeast Cape Fear River. Earlier this year, the federation, Cape Fear River Watch and the Wildlands Network placed a series of professional trail cameras in this area to collect scientific data on the native wildlife which could be negatively affected by the proposed Titan Cement plant. This foreign-owned company wants to build what could become the largest cement manufacturing facility and limestone mine in a coastal setting.
The ambitious camera project was made possible by a donation from a private foundation.
Check Stop Titan’s Facebook page for more photos from this ongoing project.
But here are a few photo highlights of the spectacular wildlife that call this area home.
|A nosy raccoon inspects the camera…Is it on?||A grey fox struts past the camera. This species is uniquely equipped with tree climbing skills, unlike any other fox species in the world.|
|A great blue heron poses for the camera. These birds prefer to forage and roost near freshwater lakes and rivers, brackish marshes, and coastal areas.||A whitetail buck turns to show off his growing antlers, which are covered with a living tissue called velvet.|