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!

Save the date for SePPCon 2020

  The second Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation Symposium & Workshop will be held March 2-6, 2020 at the Atlanta Botanical Garden’s new Southeastern Center for Plant Conservation. More details will be available soon – please check the ABG website.

Understanding Bog Turtle decline in the Southern Appalachians. Guest post by Mike Knoerr

  Endangered Bog turtles exist in southern Appalachian mountain bogs. These wetlands are incredibly rare and increasing isolated on the landscape. Thankfully, The Nature Conservancy has acquired and actively manages several of these wetlands for rare plants and animals, including the small and secretive bog turtle.  Mark-recapture data and population level analyses suggest that many…

Trending in the Right Direction: Green Pitcher Plant Monitoring

Last week, USFWS and TNC teamed up to do survey green pitcher plants (Sarracenia oreophila) at the only remaining Low Mountain Seepage Bogs in western North Carolina.  We’ve been observing population trends for this species since TNC acquired the site in the late 1980’s and started a controlled burning interval of once every 2-3 years. …

Exploring Mountain Bogs

Great new article appearing in The Transylvania Times by BLN Member, Owen Carson.  Nice job Owen!    

Job opportunities that may be of interest to BLN members

Three positions with the Natural Resources Program of North Carolina State Parks are now open.  According to BLN member & NC State Parks Inventory Biologist Ed Corey, these positions will close fast, so don’t delay! Mountain Regional Biologist: Fire Specialist: Restoration Specialist: