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Thursday, June 05, 2014

The North American Orchid Conservation Center

(noon - 1 pm)
Event Sponsor: Special Recommendations

Bring your lunch and join us at the NC Botanical Garden for a free lecture!

Learn about native orchids and the Go Orchids website, the first major product of the North American Orchid Conservation Center (NAOCC, http://northamericanorchidcenter.org/). The website currently contains information on orchids of the New England and mid-Atlantic, as well as those that occur in North Carolina. Hear Dennis Whigham, Senior Botanist, Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, talk of plans to add orchids from the Southeast and other parts of the country to the database, with a goal of covering all taxa in the U.S. and Canada by the end of 2014
Free, but please register in advance.
Click here to register: https://reg.abcsignup.com/reg/event_page.aspx?ek=0005-0014-de32637e05f14f85b4eba0ca14c5e8b4

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Open House

(2 P.M. - 5 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Come view the spring blooms in this jewel of a native plant garden in Raleigh!

Our annual Open Garden will feature later spring flowers this year (though with the continuing cool weather maybe the stars will be flowers that usually bloom during earlier Easters). Visitors are welcome - we’ll be there to show you around or you can explore on your own. The Reid Garden is at 1439 Dixie Trail, Raleigh. Contact Amy at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Getting Serious About Non-Native Invasive Plants

(9 A.M. - noon)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Native and Non-native invasive plants informational with George Morris (Board of the NC Invasive Plant Council) and Ken Moore (Emeritus Assistant Director of the NC Botanical Garden)

Black Creek Greenway between Carrousel Lane and NW Maynard Road in Cary. Learning opportunities through out the 3 hours, but volunteers for the morning will learn the most. Parking will be available on Havensite Court outside the Weatherfield development.
Contact margaret@ncwildflower for more

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Sunday, May 04, 2014

Myrtle Head Savanna walk led by Sara Babin

(10 A.M - 12 noon)
Event Sponsor: South East Coastal Chapter

Sara Babin, SE Coastal Plain Conservation Coordinator with the Nature Conservancy, will lead a walk to Myrtle Head Savanna in Brunswick Co.  Sara will tell us about the Nature Conservancy’s ongoing restoration of this unique savanna.

 

To carpool, meet at 8:30 A.M. at the Nature Conservancy’s Wilmington office, 2807 Market Street.  PLEASE BE ON TIME.   We will leave promptly at 8:30 am.
Bring water and any food or snacks you require.  Dress for the weather and wear a hat and appropriate shoes or boots.  Long sleeves and long pants help with insect bites and ticks.  Bring suncream and insect repellent!

Directions:
From Wilmington follow US 17 south to HWY 211 north.  Follow HWY 211 north 2 miles to Little Macedonia Rd.  Turn left on Little Macedonia Rd, go 2.5 miles to Makatoka Rd.  Turn right on Makatoka Rd and follow for 11 miles to Myrtle Head Rd.  Turn right on Myrtle Head Rd and follow for 3.5 miles.  The preserve is located off of a dirt road on the left.  Follow the dirt road .5 miles to an old logging road on the right.  Park along the dirt road and we will walk into the preserve on the logging road.

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Friday, October 03, 2014

2014 Fall Trip & General Meeting

(2:00 P.M. Friday, October 3 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, October 5)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

2014 Fall Trip: October 3–5, 2014, Pilot Mountain & Hanging Rock state parks and vicinity, Stokes & Surry counties, NC

Our 2014 Fall Trip, October 3–5, will take us to two of the Piedmont’s most distinctive sites, Pilot Mountain State Park and Hanging Rock State Park, as well as to some protected areas in their vicinity.

The optional Friday afternoon walk will be at Pilot Mountain, and Friday evening we will enjoy some social time and a talk on the natural history of the area, by Dr. Ken Bridle (Stewardship Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy and a former NCNPS president), who knows this area very well indeed.
Saturday Dr. Bridle will take us to some Piedmont Land Conservancy properties in the vicinity. Following a catered dinner Saturday night, NCNPS artist Betty Lou Chaika will share with us some of the drawings she’s made on NCNPS trips, and talk about plant communities we’ve visited.
Sunday morning will feature walks at Hanging Rock State Park.
Stay tuned for more details.

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Saturday, June 07, 2014

2014 Spring Picnic & Annual Meeting

(10 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Arrive by noon for lunch.)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

The 2014 Spring Picnic, June 7, at Hagan-Stone State Park south of Greensboro, will feature a walk to learn about native grasses, a potluck luncheon, and a native plant auction.

Our Annual Meeting &Picnic will be held on June 7 at Hagan-Stone State Park, in Shelter #5. Arrive by 10:00 a.m. to participate in the morning program, when Dr. Nancy Lee Adamson of the Xerces Society and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, will lead a walk to give us a hands-on look at some of the most common native grasses in the region. During the walk, we’ll also look for bees and other pollinators visiting wildflowers. Nancy is not a rare grass expert, so she hopes that some experts will be on hand to help identify unusual species. Feel free to bring samples of grasses you’d like identified, and don’t forget to bring a loupe/hand lens.

Bring food to share for our always-excellent potluck at noon, which will be followed by the annual election of officers, and a native plant auction. Don’t forget to bring plants to contribute to the auction.

Directions: From northeast of Greensboro, take I-40 toward Greensboro. Just outside Greensboro, I-40 and I-85 split. Stay to the left and follow I-85 south for 12–13 miles. Take Exit 126A to merge onto US 421 South. Follow 421 South toward Sanford for a little over 3 miles. Take the exit for Woody Mill Road/Company Mill Road. At the end of the exit ramp go right. Go ~0.6 mile and turn right onto Minden Road. Shortly thereafter turn left on Hagan-Stone Park Road. Go ~2 miles and turn right into the park. Look for signs to Shelter #5.
Or Google: 5920 Hagan Stone Park Road, Pleasant Gardens NC 27313

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Friday, May 16, 2014

2014 Spring Trip & General Meeting

(7:00 P.M. Friday, May 16 to 1:00 P.M. Sunday, May 18)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

2014 Spring Trip & General Meeting: May 16–18: Green Swamp & Lake Waccamaw, Brunswick & Columbus counties, NC. Register by MAY 7, 2014!

Be prepared for an amazing Spring Trip in 2014, when we will visit some of North Carolina’s most fascinating habitats. Friday afternoon early arrivals will do some highway botanizing along Highways 130 and 17. The Friday night program will be at Lake Waccamaw State Park (1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw NC 28450), where Park Superintendent Toby Hall will introduce us to the soils and plants of Lake Waccamaw.
Saturday David McAdoo, Mark Rose, Angie Carl, and Robert Thornhill will lead us exploring the Green Swamp, which The Nature Conservancy has called “a place unlike any other”. Among the plants we’re likely to see are Venus Fly-trap, three species of (each) pitcher-plants, sundews, and Calopogon orchids; bladderworts, Goldencrest (Lophiola aurea), two species of Cleistes orchid, and much more. It will be a day to remember!
The Saturday evening dinner and native plant auction will be at the NC Museum of Forestry (415 S. Madison Street, Whiteville NC 28472) in Whiteville. Sunday morning we will visit Lake Waccamaw (1866 State Park Drive, Lake Waccamaw NC 28450), where the park ranger will give us a presentation and then we’ll botanize around the lake.
We’ll be staying at the EconoLodge Hotel in Whiteville, at 503 J. L. Powell Blvd (Hwy 701 Bypass), Whiteville, NC 28472; telephone (910) 642-2378. We have reserved 40 rooms there, at a group rate of $64.95/room/night. The deadline for this rate is APRIL 19, 2014. So if you plan to go, be sure and make your reservations EARLY! Other motels in Whiteville:
Quality Inn
1415 N. J. K. Powell Blvd, 701 Bypass, Whiteville NC 28472
(866) 611-6769, (910) 641-0644

Holiday Motel
2119 James B White Highway, Whiteville NC 28472
(910) 642-5162

Madison House B&B
101 Madison Street, Whiteville NC 28472
(910) 640-2132
http://www.whitevillenc.com/madisonhouse/

To register: CLICK TO REGISTER .
OR download the registration form. NCNPS_Spring_Trip_2014_Registration_Form.pdf
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