Spring 2012

Spring has sprung in our coastal plain preserves!  Plants are in bloom and green grass is abundant.  Angie Carl was out and about last week with her camera, here is what she saw:

This is an area that was burned this winter.  The very green grass and ferns are typical after a winter burn, so fresh and lovely.

This is a sapling sassafras tree.  You will notice that there are three distinct leaf shapes on the sassafras tree; un-lobed (oval), bi-lobed (mitten shaped), and tri-lobed (three-pronged).  This is a unique leaf feature found only in sassafras and mulberry.

This is the flower of the purple pitcher plant.  They are quite unusual and smell rather terrible.

This is the leaf structure of the purple pitcher plant.  The pitcher is full of water so when an insect climbs in it gets trapped in the water and dies.  The plant then uses the insect for nutrients that it can’t get from the soil.

This is also a purple pitcher plant but as you can see the color variation is different.  This is common in the wild, not all plants are exactly the same color.

This plant is called Carolina wild indigo and is fairly common in the southeast coastal plain.  The yellow color is so striking, you can’t miss spotting it in the savannas.

If you are interested in visiting the Green Swamp to see some of these plants in real life stop by our website for details and directions.

On a different note here is the latest update on our shad map.  The shad are moving upstream, almost all of them have made it through lock and dam #1…now we are hoping they can get by lock and dam #2!!

And finally we have a volunteer day this Friday in the Green Swamp.  We will be cutting back overgrowth from the trail and planting some wiregrass seed.  For information on how you can get involved and volunteer this Friday please visit the volunteer page on this blog.

Cheers!

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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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