Inside a Black River bald cypress!

So as many of you may know our program has protected several thousand acres of land along the Black River.  The Black River, situated on the border of Pender and Bladen counties, is the cleanest blackwater river in North Carolina.  As I teased in an earlier post it is also home to some of the oldest trees east of the Mississippi, giant bald cypress.  Some of the bald cypress trees along the Black River were part of a dendrochronology study by the University of Arkansas and were dated to be over 1600 years old.

old cypress trees along the black river. photo by dan griffin, university of arizona.

Recently our own Angie Carl along with John Carpenter from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Kemp Burdette of the Cape Fear Riverwatch, and Jesica Blake of the NC Coastal Land Trust took a trip to the Black River looking for wood storks.  The wood stork is a prehistoric looking bird that is not very common in North Carolina so when a few were spotted on an earlier trip it became a hot topic for many land managers in the region and so the hunt has begun.

wood storks in a cypress tree along the black river. photo by dan griffin, the university of arizona

Though the group did not see any wood storks they did see many big cypress trees, here is their adventure in photos:

angie driving the boat

 Our John boat was a generous donation from one of our kind supporters of nature.

the peaceful black river

The Black River is very placid and is a wonderful place to get some float time in a kayak.

giant cypress! left to right: john, kemp, jesica

When bald cypress trees get very old like the one pictured above the buttresses rot out and become hollow.  Here is some great video taken by Angie that explores the inside of a bald cypress buttress.

I have one more thing to mention before I end.  The American Orchid Society is doing a fund-raiser for a controlled burn at our Myrtle Head Savanna preserve.  The preserve is home to several native orchid species of significant uniqueness so their interest is like ours, they want to help preserve the uniqueness.  You can read more about how you can help on the American Orchid Society website. 

Thanks for looking!  See you next time!


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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