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Statewide Events

(See the Events by Other Groups page for even more events.)

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.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Harris Lake County Park Field Trip

(Meet at the park at 2 p.m.)
Event Sponsor: Margaret Reid Chapter

Jackie Trickel, Assistant Park Manager of Education and Program at Harris Lake County Park, (and NCNPS Board Member) will lead this trip through the 60 acre restored Longleaf Forest providing information on how it is managed and what projects are planned for the future. In addition we hope to identify plants to add to our natural resource inventory database.

We will also stop by our new Butterfly Highway planting and milk weed plantings for an update on these projects. 
Registration is required for this field trip.  Limited to 32 participants - a wagonload.

 

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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.

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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Butterflies, Caterpillars and the Native Plants that Support Them

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Event Sponsor: Southern Piedmont Chapter

One of the founding members of the Carolina Butterfly Society, Don Seriff, is our speaker at the February 11th meeting. Don is a Natural Resources Coordinator with Mecklenburg County. He and his staff collected data on the butterflies of Mecklenburg County for a quarter of a century. In 2001, Don began the Southern Lake Norman Butterfly Count which is still conducted annually today. He is an award-winning wildlife biologist, a state-certified Environmental Educator, and the author of the newly published book “Birds of the Central Carolinas”.

Details:
Sunday, February 11. 2PM -4PM
Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215
Free and open to the public.
Learn more about the adventures of the Southern Piedmont NCNPS…..
Southern Piedmont Chapter blog-ncnpssouthernpiedmont.wordpress.com
Follow us on Facebook - North Carolina Native Plant Society - South


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The Fungimentals of Kingdom Fungi

(7 - 9 PM)
Event Sponsor: Blue Ridge Chapter

The Blue Ridge Chapter invites you to join us for our February Meeting for a presentation on the “Fungimental of the Kingdom Fungi”! Julie Mullis, former Blue Ridge Parkway and W. Kerr Scott park ranger, will touch on the ways members of the fungi kingdom interact (beneficially and not) with plants and animals, including us, with an emphasis on the keystone role fungi plays in our ecosystem. She will also bring up identification cues, uses, and cautionary notes about key species from the most noticeable families of mushrooms.

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2017 Calendar

Board Meeting dates:

March 3, 2018 - Library, Greensboro
May 19, 2018 - Duke Garden, Durham
August 18, 2018 - Iredell Co. Library, Statesville
November 10, 2018 - Charlotte, TBD


Board Meetings begin at 1:00 PM and end at 4:00 PM - Meeting Places TBD










Chapter Meetings and Events

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