NC Plant Conservation Program: 2017 Year In Review

Lesley Starke, Plant Ecologist for the NC Plant Conservation Program, shared this report with highlights about protection efforts, volunteer opportunities and events, and management activities.  Check it out: 2017 PCP Year in Review

The David Attenborough Style of Scientific Presentation

I’ve been giving more and more talks lately and I came across a couple articles the other  are really spot on so I thought I would share.  The first is by Marshall Shepherd, written for Forbes.com, while the latter is a handout from Will Ratcliff, a Georgia Tech Professor of Biology. 2016 (Shepherd) 9 Tips…

Fall 2017 Bog Workday Highlights

With last week’s surprise snow and this week’s blast of arctic air, let’s have some fun looking back at Fall 2017 workday activities: On November 1st, a dedicated team of bog enthusiasts conducted hardwood management and invasive species control in Henderson County, led by Gabrielle Graeter of NCWRC and David Lee of Conserving Carolina.  This…

Mountain Bogs of NC highlighted in USFWS story

Dan Chapman, with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Atlanta, recently highlighted mountain bogs of North Carolina in this story about the Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge, complete with maps and photos.  Enjoy!

*NEW North Carolina Biodiversity Project Website launched!!

Per Email from Harry LeGrand Fellow biologists and nature lovers: I am proud to announce the opening of a new website — an umbrella website called the North Carolina Biodiversity Project, which serves as the home for a number of existing websites on taxonomic groups of animals found in North Carolina, as well as a…

BLN Steering Committee: Mincy Moffett

Check it out. I wanted to share this piece about the Bog Learning Network’s own Mincy Moffett  and his career path and his career move from economist to biologist.   “I had a career that I hated and two degrees that I didn’t want to use anymore, so I thought, ‘Man, I’ve got to make a change,’”…

2017 Field Day Series Kicked Off

The first Field Day of 2017 was held May 9th at Elk Knob State Park, where Bog Learning Network members helped North Carolina State Parks manage invasive multiflora rose and reduce unwanted mid-story hardwoods in the bog.  

Eller Seep and Reed Branch Controlled Burns

From one corner of North Carolina to the other, we burn for pitcher plants.  Earlier this week, TNC-North Carolina and TNC-Georgia teamed up with Southern Blue Ridge FLN partners North Carolina Forest Service, Georgia ForestWatch, KD Ecological Services, MountainTrue, and Wildland Restoration International to conduct some small, yet highly important controlled burns on two of the south’s few remaining…

Scientists Finally Understand How Pitcher Plants Developed the Taste for Flesh

Plants that feast on animals for sustenance are something of a nightmarish novelty in the world of botany, but what’s even more amazing is how distantly related carnivorous plants from different parts of the world separately evolved the same taste for flesh. Highlight Article from Science Alert Full Journal Article from Nature Ecology and Evolution…