Statewide Events

(See the Events by Other Groups page for even more events.)

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Birds, Bugs and Blooms Walk - August 2019

(9 - 11 AM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

Update: Please note changed walk location due to Todd Island Park being closed and under construction.

Join the Blue Ridge Chapter and High Country Audubon for a “Birds, Bugs and Blooms” nature walk on Sunday, Aug. 25 at 9-11 am at the 4B’s Farm (Bats, Bees, Birds and Butterflies) in Todd! Bill Dunson (a retired biology professor from Penn State) will lead the walk and discuss all plants and animals seen. David Kolb and Linda Marchant are in the process of restoring/creating native wildlife and native plant habitats from an old farm meadow and surrounding woods, streams and marshes. This is an awesome opportunity to see the complex and difficult process of removing persistent exotic invaders (such as tree of heaven), and encouraging the growth of beneficial plants and their associated animal communities. We will walk a grassy mowed trail of about one mile examining the natural communities and discussing techniques to encourage different species.

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Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Marie Poteat: Home Place Habitat—Restoring the Farm with Native Plants

(7 p.m.--welcome early to say hello)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter

Marie Poteat in one of her beautiful and wildlife filled plantings (by Nancy Lee Adamson)

Fifty nine acres of land along the Deep River in Jamestown could be a prime site for a housing development here in the Triad, but when Marie Poteat retired in 2009 and returned to the largely untended family farm, she vowed to change the fate of the property.  “I always knew I would live on the property and create a wildlife preserve, “she told an interviewer for Wildlife Magazine (see page 3 for an article about her by NCWRC wildlife biologist John Isenhour).

With a foundation of hard work, love of the land, appreciation of nature, and her background in the sciences, Marie began to create such a wildlife preserve, returning the fields to their original grasses, the grasses that the indigenous peoples found in these lands of the Piedmont, as well as restoring the land with native plants.  Using the resources of environmental groups and government agencies and armed with her undergraduate and graduate degrees in the sciences from UNCG years earlier, Marie continued to expand her knowledge and skills. She attended numerous classes and training sessions, for example, in effective herbicide application, prescribed burning, and pollinator habitat enhancement. 

Marie now has a conservation easement on the property and works with the Piedmont Land Conservancy, in addition to a Wildlife Habitat Conservation Agreement with the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  She is currently serving a second term on the Guilford County Parks and Recreation Commission aster serving on the Guilford County Open Space Committee for a number of years.  She is a spokesperson for Audubon and serves on the board of their local chapter.  She is also a member of the NC Native Plant Society and other groups promoting the use of native plants and as a member of the League of Women Voters of the Piedmont Triad (LWVPT) sits on the Environmental Roundtable.

Marie Poteat used her knowledge of sciences in the chemical and automotive industries in her career, and these jobs took her all over the world. While exciting and life-changing, these travels also gave her a greater appreciation of the North Carolina she loves and the land she values.  Marie will share her story with the Triad Chapter of NCNPS Sept. 4 at 7:00 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Environmental Library in Greensboro.  The meeting, as always, is open to the public.  Join us for a review of her journeys back to the family farm.

Upland Gazette Article

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Sunday, September 08, 2019

Talk: Asters Aren’t Disasters

Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

Asters Aren’t Disasters. Dr. Larry Mellichamp will talk about how to figure out those dyc’s in the late summer and fall.  Don’t know what a dyc is?  Come find out!

Please Join Us. Open to the public. Free.

Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 2:00 PM
New location: Now meeting in Shelter 3 at Reedy Creek Park
Reedy Creek Park, Shelter 3, 2900 Rocky River Rd, Charlotte NC 28215

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2019 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

February 16 Library, Salisbury
May 18 Library, Asheboro
August 17 Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, Greensboro
November 16 TBD

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

Chapter Meetings and Events

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