Retrospective

Lots of turtles plus more found during Harris Lake Herp Walk!

On June 9th, 2022, South Wake Conservationists invited herpetologist Alvin Braswell to lead a Herp Walk at Harris Lake County Park. Alvin is retired from the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, where he spent over 40 years in various curatorial roles with reptiles, amphibians, and freshwater fishes before being the Research Lab Director, and later,…

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Kids in Nature Day Rocked on May 15!

It was a great day at the Triangle Land Conservancy’s Williamson Preserve last Sunday! Over 160 people attended our first Kids in Nature Day event, despite having to reschedule from Saturday due to rain. Seeing kids filled with wonder and enthusiasm about the amazing things found in nature made the six months of planning and…

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Planting Swamp Milkweed at Bass Lake Park

We finally got our tray of 28 swamp milkweed plants where they belong – in the sun with wet clay at their feet. These three-foot plants came from the NCWF Clean and Green Program and were planted along the shore of Bass Lake by Monty and Bill, assisted by Bass Lake Park’s Melinda London, Program…

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A Busy Earth Day Weekend!

SWC was invited to exhibit at three events on Earth Day weekend, April 23-24, and with only two days to do it all, we could only accept two of them! It was a privilege to be invited, and we thoroughly enjoyed the chance to meet and dialogue with the public about conservation. The two events…

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South Wake Conservationists Contribute to Spring Litter Sweep!

On April 9, 2022 a group of South Wake Conservationists made a substantial contribution to Harnett County’s “Keep Harnett Beautiful Spring Litter Sweep.” The group collected 437 pounds of trash along roadways in Lillington. The effort will also add to the North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s habitat restoration program by authorizing the planting of 17 trees!

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Another Successful Pollinator Garden Planting Day!

On April 1, 2022 a group of South Wake Conservationists (SWC) created a pollinator garden at Bridges Elementary and Mt. Vernon Middle Schools in Raleigh! The event was extra-special in that they were assisted by a group of very enthusiastic school students – hopefully budding conservationists! In addition, the day was initiated by a retired…

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An Enjoyable Walk in the Woods!

On a beautiful first day of spring (3/20/22), South Wake Conservationists conducted a very enjoyable walk on the Sal’s Branch Trail at Umstead State Park in Raleigh. Eleven nature enthusiasts enjoyed great weather and conversation. They also spotted a flock of Bufflehead ducks on Big Lake and checked on the status of a group of…

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A Very Productive Pollinator Garden Workday!

On March 14, 2022 eight South Wake Conservationists enjoyed a very productive “pollinator garden party” at Raleigh’s Yates Mill County Park! They pruned dead plant material, removed lots of invasive/aggressive plants, and added a number of pollinator plants (i.e. mountain mint, anise hyssop etc.) to the garden. They will be creating several new gardens to…

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Eco Kids Learn All About the American Black Bear

Kids had a great time at a super-fun and hands-on educational session “All About the American Black Bear,” led by our resident bear expert and wildlife photographer Cassia Rivera. This latest event in our Eco Kids series was held at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs on a beautiful Sunday afternoon, Feb. 20. Cassia told…

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Eagles Spotted – Rescheduled Eagle Birdwatch a Success!

On February 13th, 2022, 25 South Wake Conservationists, Piedmont Naturalists Meetup members, and other wildlife enthusiasts braved the chilly weather for the chance to spot eagles at the Jordan Lake Dam. Our guide, Jeremy, led the group while providing some interesting eagle facts. He also set up a spotting scope to allow people to get…

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Mission Accomplished!

On January 28, 2022 six hardy South Wake Conservationists braved some chilly weather to give the pollinator gardens at Millbrook Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh a haircut! The group filled approximately 15 wheelbarrows of pruned plant material! They also had a fun opportunity to team up with a group of “future conservationist” students!

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Perfect Weather for Sprucing Up a Pollinator Garden!

Three energetic members of South Wake Conservationists spent a couple of hours sprucing up the pollinator garden at Lincoln Heights Elementary Magnet School in Fuquay-Varina! The weather was great and the trio trimmed back dead plant growth, spread some seeds and dead-headed some plants! The garden is really taking shape and the trio noticed new…

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Enjoyable Yates Mill Nature Walk!

On December 12, 2021 the South Wake Conservationists sponsored a 3+ mile nature walk at beautiful Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, NC. Fifteen nature enthusiasts enjoyed great weather, enjoyable companionship and wildlife which included deer, a snake, a flock of Ruddy Ducks, Hooded Mergansers and a group of very vocal Red-shouldered Hawks!

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South Wake Conservationists Enjoy a Fun and Successful Planting Day at the North Carolina Museum of Art Park!

On November 19, 2022, a group of South Wake Conservationists (SWC) joined forces with Art Park employees to plant 61 trees and shrubs at the Park. The planting continued a productive relationship between SWC, a chapter of the North Carolina Wildlife Federation, and the Art Park for purposes of enhancing the Park’s pollinator gardens and…

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Eco Kids had “Natural Fun” at Hemlock Bluffs

South Wake Conservationists guided a nature discovery hike through beautiful Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve today. Looking up, down, and all around on the leaf-covered trails, these kids found many of the items listed on their discovery cards and more. These included the iconic hemlock tree growing on the north side of the famous bluffs, as…

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Ready for the Native Shade Pollinator Plants!

We had a great turnout today at Bass Lake Park to complete the preparation work for the new Native Shade Plant Demonstration Garden under construction, including two new volunteers that joined us. A number of people stopped by and asked what we were building and took information about our chapter to hopefully join future events…

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We Built the Wall (for the Pollinators, that is)!

After today’s impromptu workday, we are one step closer to establishing an educational Native Shade Plant Demonstration Garden at Bass Lake Park. Getting some basic infrastructure tasks out of the way ahead of schedule will make the two upcoming workdays go a little smoother. Invasive trees (both a large Princess tree and a Mimosa tree)…

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A Great Day to Beautify a Garden!

On the beautiful sunny morning of October 4, 2021, four members of South Wake Conservationists spent several hours raking mulch, watering plants and removing weeds at Millbrook Magnet Elementary School’s pollinator gardens! The school’s Turks Caps and Tall Tickseed were in full display!

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