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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Winter Tree ID Workshop

(Class starts at 10:00am and ends around 1:00pm.)
Event Sponsor: Western NC Chapter

The Western N.C. Chapter will be sponsoring a winter tree identification workshop on Saturday, January 27. The Workshop will focus on tree twigs and other clues to identify trees without their leaves. Participants will learn about twig morphology and how to use dichotomous keys. All participants will receive handouts and a free copy of Winter Tree Finder by May Theilgaard Watts, Tom Watts. The workshop will be limited to sixteen participants. I will make a list in order that I receive requests to attend. I will need your name and a contact number in case of inclement weather and we have to cancel. I will also keep an alternate list in case someone needs to cancel.

The workshop will take place in the educational building at Riverbend Park in Catawba County. We will start at 10:00 and work inside for about 1.5 hours. Then we will take a lunch break. Participants will need to bring a lunch and drinks. I will have a cooler with ice and some snacks. After lunch we will do a short hike along the river trail to practice our tree identification and look at other clues such as bark and fruits. The workshop should be finished around 1 to 1:30. The educational building has bathroom facilities.
To register please e-mail:  .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
Directions:
Take exit 132 from I-40 E
Follow NC-16 N to your destination (8.2 mi)
The park entrance is on the right at the bottom of the large hill and just before you cross the bridge. If you cross the river you went too far.
Riverbend Park - Catawba County, NC
6700 North NC 16 Highway, Conover, NC 28613

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Simple and Wonderfully Complicated Pollination Stories with Will Stuart

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


(by Lisa Crates)


(aster with fly, Eristalis transversa, by Will Stuart)

Will Stuart is an outdoor enthusiast and an avid native plant and bird photographer. Most recently Will worked with Dr. Larry Mellichamp as photographer for Native Plants of the Southeast, published by Timber Press.  Will has contributed images to the Ladybird Johnson Native Plant Information Network, the National Audubon Society, and to NameThatPlant.net. He has a special interest in macro photography and, as a consequence, many of Wills’ images feature an “up close and personal” view of a blossom, a bud, a bird, or a butterfly. He spends much of his time in the sandhills of the Carolinas documenting the region’s unique flora and fauna. Will is a board member of the North Carolina Native Plant Society, and a member of the National Aububon Society and the Carolina Nature Photographers Association.

In the recent years, Will’s interests have expanded to include our native pollinators.  Plants unable to produce offspring will not persist over time. Some of our native species self-pollinate but many depend on a butterfly, bee, fly, or wasp to carry grains of pollen to another blossom, producing fruit and seeds. Native bees raise their young on stores of nectar and pollen they gather from flowering plants. That’s why those bees are so busy!  And all our native birds need nesting sites and all depend upon pollinators as food to raise their young. Plants need pollinators.  Pollinators need plants. And birds need both. It is both very simple and wonderfully complicated.

Join us Wednesday, February 7th at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

Bizarre Natives with Larry Mellichamp

(7 p.m.--welcome to come early and chat)
Event Sponsor: Triad Chapter


(Photo by Paula Gross)

Hey, wildflower gardener! Are you bored with your borages, complacent with your colic-root, and tired of your tiarellas? Then take a walk on the wild side with Dr. M and experience some of the extraordinary behavior of some of our most beautiful and interesting Southeastern native plants. Get hit with a pie while you shop, experience a pitcher plant eating a moth, learn why bees buzz, see an ant eat the top off a toadshade seed, marvel at the mop-top hairdo on a twinleaf seed, wade in water up to your @$$ to see a prostrate pitcher plant, and feel the thrill of finding little flies in the throat of a forgiving pipevine flower. Native plants can be weird and wonderful, and you can grow them and watch right in your own backyard.

One of the most delightful speakers on native plants in North Carolina, Dr. Larry Mellichamp is recently retired Professor of Botany and Horticulture and was director of the Botanical Gardens at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Larry is an expert on native plants of all kinds, and has received several teaching awards and written several books, including the recent Native Plants of the Southeast…the best species for the garden (Timber Press, 2014) and Bizarre Botanicals (2010 with Paula Gross). He is the 2016 recipient of the Tom Dodd, Jr. Plantsman Award of Excellence from the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference.


Join us Wednesday, January 3rd at 7 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Library, 1420 Price Park Dr, Greensboro, NC 27410 (phone 336-373-2923). All are welcome, though of course we hope you’ll be inspired to join the NCNPS and support efforts to plant more natives and wildlife habitat!

Attendees often arrive a little early to chat and check out door prizes or books. We don’t always have these, but often do. Feel free to bring a native plant to share or save it for fundraisers at the spring and fall outings, or our annual picnic in June. Funds raised support native plant research mini-grants or scholarships to attend the wonderful Cullowhee Native Plant Conference in July.


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