Green Swamp Spring 2013

There is hardly any other place on earth like the Green Swamp in the Spring.  Cool breezes blow the tall longleaf pine trees and the warm sun wakes up the carnivorous plants and orchids…it is truly amazing.  Have a look at the Green Swamp this Spring in pictures.

Fly poison (Amianthium muscotoxicum) is commonly found in the ecotone areas of the Green Swamp.  This plant contains toxic alkaloids that are poisonous to livestock.  The bulbs of the plant if crushed and mixed with sugar can be used to kill flies.

Fly poison (Amianthium muscotoxicum) is commonly found in the ecotone areas of the Green Swamp. This plant contains toxic alkaloids that are poisonous to livestock. The bulbs of the plant if crushed and mixed with sugar can be used to kill flies.

Bearded grass pink orchid (Calopogon barbatus) is one of three types of grass pink orchid that grows in the Green Swamp region.

Bearded grass pink orchid (Calopogon barbatus) is one of three types of grass pink orchid that grows in the Green Swamp region.

Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) is the largest of the pitcher plant species that grows in the Green swamp.  These are a variant known as copper tops because of their coppery red pitcher tops.

Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava) is the largest of the pitcher plant species that grows in the Green swamp. These are a variant known as copper tops because of their coppery red pitcher tops.

Spring green grass and ferns in the longleaf pine savanna.

Spring green grass and ferns in the longleaf pine savanna.

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) about to bloom.

Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula) about to bloom.

Sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra) is the smallest of the pitcher plant species in the Green Swamp region, very cute.

Sweet pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra) is the smallest of the pitcher plant species in the Green Swamp region, very cute.

Pink sundew (Drosera capillaris) is a tiny little carnivorous plant.  It has sticky drops of dew on its leaves to catch bugs and as you can see it does the job well.

Pink sundew (Drosera capillaris) is a tiny little carnivorous plant. It has sticky drops of dew on its leaves to catch bugs and as you can see it does the job well.

If you would like to see the Green Swamp in person please visit our nature trail open every day from dawn to dusk.  Please contact Sara Babin at sbabin@tnc.org for directions.

Left to right: Jonathan Babin, Frank Aaron, and Lee Butzin

Volunteers Left to right: Jonathan Babin, Frank Aaron, and Lee Butzin

I would also like to give a shout out to the volunteers that helped me clean up the Green Swam trail this weekend.  We had a great work day Saturday and cut back all of the overgrowth from the trail.  Thanks guys!

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About secpnc

My name is Sara Babin and I am the Conservation Coordinator for The Nature Conservancy Southeast Coastal Plain program in Wilmington, NC. Our office is responsable for the maintenance and restoration of 35,000 acres of preserve land owned by The Nature Conservancy. We protect the land for ecologically significant species in hopes to ensure a lasting natural history legacy for future generations to enjoy. This blog will highlight our most exciting activities and events with much of the focus being on our controlled burn program. With this blog we hope to share the ins and outs of what we do and how it is bettering the world for plants, animals, and people.
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One Response to Green Swamp Spring 2013

  1. Lynette says:

    I very much enjoy this newsletter. Learning about the swamp is great.

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