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Sunday, June 07, 2015

Saving Our Pollinators: NC Botanical Garden

Event Sponsor: NC Botanical Gardens

The majority of all flowering plants rely on pollinators, a group of animals that includes over 200,000 species. Our food and natural habitats rely on these animals, and each of us has an active role to play in shaping their future.

The North Carolina Botanical Garden’s Saving Our Pollinators’ four-month exhibition features 29 events, including workshops, exhibits, talks, and tours that highlight the plight of pollinators, including bees, moths, and butterflies.

Discover the importance of our pollinators as the Garden illustrates their challenges and offers solutions to stabilize and secure their future.


Detailed event program information and registration: www.ncbg.unc.edu/pollinators/

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

CANCELED AND TO BE RESCHEDULED.  Field trip to Lake Waccamaw with Nathan Howell

(9 A.M. - 12 P.M.)
Event Sponsor: NC Native Plant Society

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Come join Nathan Howell in exploring the littoral zone plants of Lake Waccamaw!  Nathan is a 2014 Shinn Grant recipient for his inventory work on the shoreline plants of the Carolina bay lakes.  These are the plants growing between the high water mark out to where the submerged aquatics end. 
For most of us, this will be a largely unexplored world!  We will be in the water for this walk.  Uneven footing means that all participants need to be fit.  It won’t be possible to see the plants or stay with the group from the shore.
Rare plants we expect to see include Ludwigia brevipes (Long Beach Seedbox), Ludwigia sphaerocarpa (Globe-fruited Seedbox),  Luziola fluitans (Southern Water Grass), Bacopa caroliniana (Blue Water-hyssop), Cladium mariscoides (Twig-rush), and Rhexia cubensis (West Indies Meadow-beauty). 
For this habitat in Lake Waccamaw, Nathan has documented 146 taxa (spp., ssp., and var.) in 114 genera and 72 vascular plant families.  Of the 146 total taxa, 29 are of conservation concern and 92 are unique to this bay lake.

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

Gary Kauffman’s Choice, Linville Gorge

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Gary Kauffman is a botanist/plant ecologist with the USDA Forest Service National Forests in North Carolina, managing a botany program across 1.1 million acres from the mountains (Nantahala and Pisgah), the piedmont (Uwharrie), to the coastal plain (Croatan). An expert in rare plants, grasses, cultural uses of plants, and community ecology, he’s also a fantastic teacher, helping those new to botany or old-hands key in on defining characteristics for identification or learn the stories that enrich future explorations.
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(Photo by Gary Peeples/USFWS: Gary Kauffman collecting Georgia aster seeds in 2011 for genetic research to better understand and potentially help restore rare plant populations.)

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Saturday, August 29, 2015

5th Full Moonrise over Grass of Parnassus

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

This is a TENTATIVE date, depending on blooms.  5th Full Moonrise over Grass of Parnassus at Wolf Mountain on the Parkway!  Bring picnic!  We’ll do s’mores, too. Mile marker 424.5 ... PROBABLY 29 August, depends upon bloom schedule, of course.

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(Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Parnassia asarifolia, grass of Parnassus in a “vertical bog” on the Blue Ridge Parkway, October 2013, during the NC Native Plant Society Fall Trip.

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Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Bird-Friendly Gardening: Your Yard Matters! Presented by Ann Walter-Fromson

(7 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

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(Photo by Will Stuart: An American Goldfinch on a favorite seed plant, the Purple Coneflower.)

Do you enjoy watching birds in your yard? Would you like to see more and different kinds of birds in your yard?  What you plant in your yard and garden makes a big difference to the birds and other wildlife that depend upon plants for food, shelter, nesting sites, and protection from predators. In this presentation, you will learn why native plants are so important for supporting birds, which plants provide the greatest benefits to birds, and how you can make your yard a welcoming place for birds.

Ann Walter-Fromson is an active member of the T.Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society of Guilford County, the Bird-Friendly Communities implementation team for Audubon North Carolina, the Triad chapter of North Carolina Native Plant Society, and the Piedmont Bird Club. She is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at Greensboro College, a certified N.C. Environmental Educator, and a candidate in the Native Plant Studies certificate program at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill.

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Saturday, October 03, 2015

Jim Goldsmith’s Moss Walk

Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

Jim Goldsmith has been studying bryology (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) since 2003 and teaches a day-long moss workshop twice a year at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville. Jim’s passion for our flora includes mushrooms, sedges, and grasses. A longtime board member of the Foothills Conservancy, he also shares his extensive knowledge and deep love of plants on Foothills Conservancy outings. Bring your hand lens!

Suggested places are Davidson River, Brevard or Bear Pen Gap on the Parkway. Got any favorite places to moss? If interested, a visit to Mossin’ Annie’s Mossery will be arranged for afterwards.
(Photo by Nancy Lee Adamson: Jim Goldsmith (right) and James Padgett (left) identifying mosses during the 2013 NC Native Plant Society Fall Outing in Pisgah National Forest.)

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2015 Calendar
May 8-10, 2015 Spring Outing - Blue Ridge Parkway, Asheville, NC

Board Meeting dates:

February 21, 2015 Public Library, Statesville
April 25, 2015 Duke Gardens (library), Durham, NC
June 6, 2015 Annual Meeting and Picnic, Hagan Stone Park
August 15, 2015 Sandhills Community College (tenative)
November 14, 2015 Botanical Garden at UNC- Charlotte (tenative)

Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM


Fall Outing TBD









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