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North Carolina Biodiversity Project

by PLC Stewardship Director, Ken Bridle - Ever wonder where to ask about the plants and animals that live in your neighborhood?  How would you like to have information at your fingertip about lesser-known groups like marine fish, moths and grasshoppers? A new website is available to all biologists and nature lovers -- an umbrella website called the North Carolina Biodiversity Project, which serves as the home for a number of existing websites on taxonomic groups of animals found in North Carolina, as well as a home for lists/checklists of a large number of taxonomic groups of animals, as well. 'My dear young fellow,' the Old-Green-Grasshop...

Cycling and Landscapes

By PLC Conservation Planner, Palmer McIntyre — I have always loved to ride my bicycle and spent many miles in the saddle during my 20s, riding the length of Vermont, down the coast of California, commuting to work in Washington DC, across North Carolina and along the Blue Ridge Parkway. But since then life pulled me in other directions (jobs, graduate school, children) and the dust accumulated on my old Cannondale as it sat in my garage. As I approached my 50th birthday, I wanted to do something physically challenging, just to prove I still could. And I thought a long bike ride would be just the thing to get me back into shape. For years, I have ...

Summer Fun, Outdoors!

By PLC Education & Outreach Coordinator, Lynne Dardanell — As we step into August and begin the final countdown to the end of summer (which is often unofficially over when school begins, a college semester starts, or even Labor Day weekend), we should be asking ourselves - have we spent enough time outside? Have we experienced nature, even just one iota. Have we taken the appropriate breaks from our devices, or even our vices (and perhaps they are one and the same). Have we not only heard the crickets, the bullfrogs, and the mourning doves - but listened, actually listened - to their songs? Have we inhaled the scent of fresh-cut grass, ...

Greetings from PLC’s Newest StaffMember

By PLC Land Protection Associate, Josh Horton-Campbell — As a child, I was more impressed by feats of human ingenuity than by the wonders of nature. I grew up on a 12 acre historic farm property located in the former margin between the suburbia of Philadelphia and the open fields of Amish country. The property was bordered on one side by the lovely and strong-flowing Shamona Creek, which, at the corner of our land, ran under an ancient stone bridge into a deep pool and then a wetland. However, I was a bookworm, a tinkerer, and a bit of a homebody given my strong reactions to insect bites and stings. Thus, it was not the life of the stream that ...

April Flowers

This time of year when the landscape is waking up from its winter slumber and bursting forth with a vast array of blooms and warmer temperatures, we all want to soak up as much of it as we can, especially the ephemeral wildflowers whose splendor is all too brief! Piedmont Land Conservancy wants you to have the opportunity to fill your senses with the abundant collection of some very special wildflowers found at the Emily H. Allen Wildflower Preserve in Winston-Salem. On Saturday, April 8th, PLC is hosting Open Garden Day at the Preserve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., inviting the public to come and enjoy the beauty of native wildflowers. The ...

Practical Work for Lawyers

By PLC Legal Intern Mike Casterlow: A few weeks ago, I had an opportunity that many law students very rarely get to experience during an internship: I left the office to explore the outside world. Specifically, I went to visit a piece of property on which PLC has proposed to place an easement. I went along with the executive director, the stewardship director, and a board member to view the property and decide the boundaries of the easement. In law school, it can be easy to forget that there is a world beyond the casebooks and memos. Many of my fellow law students sit at a desk all day staring at a computer screen while doing research. Therefo...

My Urban Walk for PLC’s Hike-A-Thon

by PLC Hiker Otis Durham: Months ago, with Greg Keener’s encouragement, I agreed to become a Piedmont Land Conservancy Hike-A-Thon fundraising hiker. I told Greg I’d likely be in Portland, OR visiting my daughter. “No problem. Hike wherever you are!” I assumed this would give me good motivation to get out in the grandeur and beauty of nature that surrounds Portland. However, when January 1st arrived, I had no transportation, it was cold, overcast with drizzling rain and I was embedded deep in urban Portland where sidewalks and streets, not soft forest trails, are the norm. I expected the worst. A walk in urban blight wasn’t exactly in ...

Nature Preserve Field Trip Fun

by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth: Over the course of the last two weeks I had the opportunity to participate in field trips with 3rd and 8th graders at PLC’s Knight Brown Nature Preserve. The preserve is a beautiful 190-acre piece of property that has three wonderful hiking trails. Each trail had stations set up and the kids hiked from one station to the next. They had the opportunity to learn about water quality, ecosystems, and the different species they encountered on their hike. I had the chance to refresh my memory and also learn a few new things. The best part was watching young children and pre-teens react the same way to the ...

Biology and Art: Complimenting Each Other

by PLC Stewardship Director Ken Bridle: Vision and the ability to see the world around us is very important to us.  A large portion of our brain is dedicated to making sense of what we see around us.  We also know that the brain has many short cuts and streamlining tricks to limit the amount of detail that we need to directly observe to make decisions about what we need to do next.  If we catch sight of a long thin shape at the edge of the path our brain might jump to the conclusion that it’s a snake and our body is put on alert before we get a better look and realize that it’s only a garden hose.  This is adaptive and useful although we ...

Getting Outside with Kids

by PLC Legal Intern Paula (Marie) Booth:             Over the course of the last several weeks I had become increasingly frustrated with the constant use of electronics in my house. When I was a child I spent almost all of my time outside exploring the woods, investigating neat looking plants, and jumping over creeks. My son has grown up in a world overcome by T.V., PlayStation, online gaming, cell phones, Kindles, etc. While these items are great to have, they seem to take over sometimes no matter what limits are placed on them. With that in mind I decided a family outing was in order and the only use of electronics would be to take ...