Spring Guided Walks

 

Panoramic of big island Green Swamp preserve

Panoramic of big island Green Swamp preserve

Spring is our busiest time of year for “guided walks”.  Groups and organizations from all over the region want to get out and see the interesting and beautiful plants of the Southeast Coastal Plain.  This spring we had garden clubs, non-profit organizations, school groups, and photographers visit our preserves hoping to get a look at something special, and boy did they ever!

Venus flytraps in bloom

Venus flytraps in bloom

Hobby Greenhouse Club

Hobby Greenhouse Club

Giant sundew!

Giant sundew!

I recently did a walk in the Green Swamp for the Hobby Greenhouse Club.  They were a very fun group that was interested in seeing Venus flytraps and other carnivorous plants in their natural habitat opposed to in greenhouses where they typically see them.  We had a great walk!  Here are some of the highlights.

Rosebud orchid

Rosebud orchid

Ladies tresses orchid

Ladies tresses orchid

I also took a TNC photographer around to some of our preserves so that he could get carnivorous plant photos for a layout that will feature the Southeast Coastal Plain carnivorous plants in the national TNC magazine!  We are very excited that our region will be showcased in the national publication.

TNC photographer Christian hard at work at Shaken Creek preserve

TNC photographer Christian hard at work at Shaken Creek preserve

Crazy pitcher plant hybrid

Crazy pitcher plant hybrid

And it wouldn’t be spring without some amazing photos from our local photographer hero Skip Pudney.  We love how he captures the savannas, you can tell he really connects with the ecosystems in our region.  Thanks again Skip for showcasing all of our hard work!

Grass pink - Skip Pudney

Grass pink – Skip Pudney

Colic root and butterfly - Skip Pudney

Colic root and butterfly – Skip Pudney

Grass pink and savanna - Skip Pudney

Grass pink and savanna – Skip Pudney

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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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