Earlier this week, reader JaMeka R. found a lone baby deer in her backyard. Springtime provides the best weather conditions for most animals (like chipmunks, foxes, deer, bunnies, and swans) to give birth — which means coming across an orphaned or injured baby animal isn’t uncommon at this time of year and it’s important to know what to do.
Key deer | Photo by Kristie Kill, USFWS
The first thing you should do if you come across a baby animal on your property is identify if the animal actually needs help. While it may seem unusual, it’s totally normal for many wildlife babies to be on their own. The parents are often foraging for food nearby + will be back soon.
However, if the animal is injured (aka: hit by a car, attacked by a pet or fallen from a nest) it is alright to intervene and call a local wildlife rescue organization.
Tech ○ NC IDEA awarded a total of ~$200,000 to 19 NC startups in its latest grant cycle — including 4 Raleigh-based startupsCounsel Connect, Flux Hybrids, iMama + qcard. The companies received $10,000 each to help advance their ideas. 💸 (TechWire) ○ Artificial intelligence company AURA Technologies recently secured a$50 million contract with the US Army. The contract includes machine learning algorithms and image recognition + initial work will include power systems and intelligent lighting. 💻 (TechWire)
WaterCooler ○ The Carolina Hurricanes are officially heading to the NHL’s 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Playoffs begin mid-May — the schedule + other participating teams will be announced in the coming weeks. 🏒 ○ The NC Courage soccer team has announced its 2021 regular season schedule. The team’s first home game will be Sat., May 22 at 7 p.m. Click here for more information. ⚽
Ranked ○ Raleigh ranked No. 7 and Durham ranked No. 2 on Wallet Hub’s list of 2021 Best Places to Start a Business. Overall rank is based on business environment, business cost + access to resources. ○ Always a class act. Triangle schools — Raleigh Charter High, Wake NCSU STEM Early College, Woods Charter School + East Chapel Hill High — are among the top 500 in the US News 2021 Best High Schools List. 🍎
ForPets ○ The Town of Cary is hosting Who’s a Good Dog? — a photo competition for furry friends. From May 1-15, snap a photo of your dog wearing its ID tag, collar, and leash at the designated areas + you could win a year membership to Cary dog parks. Click here for more information. 🐶
Dish ○ Nashville-based Porter Road Butcherships craft meat to doorsteps nationwide. They work with local farmers to humanely pasture-raise animals — with no added hormones or antibiotics. Offering quality brats, steaks, dry-aged hotdogs, Italian sausage + more, Porter Road is also offering our readers $20 off their first order of $99+. Ⓟ
Outdoors ○All City of Raleigh seasonal pools will open Sat., May 29 + operate on a modified schedule through June 11. Dive into the details here. 🏊
Clarification ○ Pet Paradisehas postponed their opening date to May 3. Yesterday’s newsletter said the business would open today. We apologize for any confusion.
Deal ○ In celebration of Mother’s Day, U Beauty is offering aget one, gift one dealnow through May 3for some of their award-winning skincare products.Buy The Duo 50ml + get The SCULPT 15ml, or buy The SUPER 50ml + get the Resurfacing Compound 15ml. Shop here.Ⓟ
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A full pink supermoon was visible over the last few days, shining brightly over the city while locals + visitors snapped photos.
Supermoons look larger than normal because they are closer to Earth. Why isn’t it pink? Full moons in Apr. are nicknamed pink moons because they fall when moss pink flowers bloom.
If you missed the Apr. supermoon, don’t worry. This lunar event was just the first supermoon of the year. The next one is on May 26 + will be even closer to Earth.
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Parents ○ One-day Learn & Play | Wed., Apr. 28 | 8 a.m.–3 p.m. | Marbles Kids Museum | $50+ | The museum is offering a day camp on school holidays for children K–5 to explore exhibits + have enriching playtime. 🚸
Disclaimer: It is up to readers’ discretion to determine whether they feel comfortable participating in any mentioned events based on COVID-19 protocols and precautions. If you have questions, please contact the event’s organizers directly.