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…

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…

Controlled Burn at Cedar Mountain Bog

Last week, the Southern Blue Ridge Burn Crew (The Nature Conservancy – North Carolina chapter) partnered with the NC Department of Agriculture’s Plant Conservation Program for a controlled burn at their Cedar Mountain Bog. TNC-NC’s Dean Simon was burn boss on this small but very important burn, which went really well!