An Urban Hike by Otis Durham

My Urban Walk for PLC’s Hike-A-Thon by 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 ...

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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 ...

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Biology and Art: Complimenting Each Other

by Ken Bridle, Piedmont Land Conservancy Stewardship Director 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 ...

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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 ...

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Turtle Adventures at Wolf Island Prairie

A follow-on post about Wolf Island Prairie by PLC land owner Mike Vaughan Sharing a note from a recent morning after a late summer rain ....Because of the rain last night I figured that the Collies and I might find a Box turtle on our prairie walk this morning.  Even so, I was surprised, when we’d only gotten about 150 feet from our house, to find a mating pair right on the edge of our drive.  Fortunately, the Collies did not see them.  I realized immediately that I didn’t want to break up their romance, but I did decide to walk up to them to try to find out if ...

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Let This be a HOT One!

by Piedmont Land Conservancy landowner Mike Vaughan At the back of my mind, a little voice whispered an old Chinese saying that we should be careful what we ask of the gods. It’s January 2016, and I’m talking to Brandon Price, whom I’ve contracted to carry out a prescribed burn on 20 acres of our land near Reidsville, NC. Aided by my wife and Collie dogs, I’ve worked since 2011 to turn those acres into a re-creation of a grassland/prairie such as we believe was common in the piedmont of the Carolinas when the European explorers arrived here in the 16th centur...

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The Science Behind It All

by Kevin Redding, Piedmont Land Conservancy Executive Director I recently had an opportunity to spend a day along the Dan River with biologists from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission. While I was hoping to sample the waters for some of the hard-fighting smallmouth bass known to roam the river, the biologists were focused a bit lower in the water table — identifying mussel species. To their credit they were much more successful in finding small little clam-like creatures on the river’s bottom than I was in landing a fish. Freshwater mussels are ...

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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 9th, PLC is hosting Open Garden Day at the Preserve from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., ...

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PLC goes to DC!

This April, PLC is doing something special...something unique to our organization and important to our mission. Lindale Farm, Guilford County[/caption] I suppose you could say that everything PLC does is special, unique and important. No two PLC projects are exactly the same but each one helps us reach our goal of connecting people with nature. But this is a little different, and we would love your involvement. We are taking a bit of preserved North Carolina beauty to the nation’s capital. Piedmont Land Conservancy’s Forever These Lands photography exhibit will ...

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Volunteers Hard at Work at Knight Brown Nature Preserve

It’s been a great week out at the Knight Brown Nature Preserve in Rockingham County! The trail system has gotten new, painted markers that are easier to see and more durable than the plastic markers that were used previously. Our hard working volunteers helped establish the new markers in just 2 half days of work! We had some wonderful warm and dry weather that made the workday a pleasant beginning to the coming Spring season. Thank you to our volunteers who gave their time and energy to make Knight Brown an even better place to get out and connect with nature! With the ...

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