New paper: Population models for bog turtles

This paper in Animal Conservation, by Mike Knoerr, Anna Tutterow, Gabrielle Graeter, Shannon Pittman and Kyle Barrett, analyzes population growth rate estimates and management interventions for 5 NC bog turtle sites. When sharing the paper, Mike wrote, “… thank you all for your contributions to this paper… It’s built on the back of decades of…

New Paper: Eastern Box Turtles

Check out this new paper coauthored by BLN steering committee member Gabrielle Graeter, BLN member Ann Berry Somers and their colleagues. AbstractTurtles are in decline worldwide, and the magnitude and recent acceleration of population declines requires immediate action to inform conservation and management plans. Long‐term studies of population trends and characteristics covering multiple populations across…

Journal Article: Hydrology of a Southern Appalachian Hypocrene Spring-Fed Fen

Environmental and Engineering Geoscience (2020) 26 (3): 359–366 Jeffrey Wilcox, Emily Bradshaw Marino, Adam Warwick, Megan Sutton ABSTRACT Garland Seep is a Southern Appalachian fen that supports a population of federally endangered green pitcher plants (Sarracenia oreophila). The wetland is underlain by clayey stream deposits above fractured bedrock, is located at the base of a…

Association of State Wetland Managers | Tuesday webinar open to all

Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 2:00-4:00 pm ET Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Review of Trump Administration Rulemakings and Charting a Path Forward ▪ Julia Anastasio, Association of Clean Water Administrators▪ Royal Gardner, Professor of Law and Director of the Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy Stetson University College of Law▪ James M. McElfish, Jr.,…

New Article on Bog Turtle Nest Predation

This is one of several research articles to come from the work of Mike Knoerr and the NC Wildlife Resources Commission for TNC preserves located in the Southern Blue Ridge. This particular research began back when Mike was a graduate student at Clemson University. Today, TNC works with Mike and Tangled Bank Conservation to protect…

Southeastern Plant Conservation Alliance – get involved, fill out the survey

The Southeastern Plant Conservation Alliance (SE PCA) is a cross-cutting partnership of public and private conservation professionals working in the Southeastern US. The SE PCA seeks to bridge gaps between local and national efforts by fostering regional cooperation and promoting a diversity of partners. The SE PCA was informally launched during the 2nd Southeastern Partners…

Guest Post: Pitcher Plant Flies by Peter Kann, Eastern Carolina University

What do you think of when you think of flies?  Annoyance at picnics or in the house? Maybe you think of the itching bites that some species inflict? In reality, flies are an extremely diverse group of insects that lead complex and often dangerous lives. Flies can be predators, pollinators, pest-controllers, blood-suckers, herbivores, and even…

Highlights from One 2019 Work & Learn Field Day

In order to improve land management skills and foster a sense of community among those involved in southern Appalachian bog conservation, the Bog Learning Network periodically hosts work days in area bogs. This May workday, at a site owned by the state of North Carolina, was dedicated to knocking back invasive plants that compete with…