Retrospective

Helping the Habitat at Yates Mill Park!

On November 28,2022 the South Wake Conservationists (SWC) had a fun and very productive day at Yates Mill County Park! Six determined conservationists pulled weeds, removed lots of invasive plants and trees and trimmed back dead growth at one of the park’s pollinator gardens. They also spread seeds and encountered two interesting occupants of the…

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Another Productive Day at Millbrook!

On November 16, 2022 four hardy conservationists braved the chilly weather and had a very productive “work day” at Millbrook Magnet School in Raleigh! Thanks to Bob, Monty, Luke and your truly for all of the weeding and invasive plant removal! We also planted a couple of Rattlesnake Master pollinator plants! Below are pictures of…

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Another Successful Pollinator Garden Experience!

On November 9, 2022 the South Wake Conservationists re-established the pollinator garden at Bass Lake County Park! They planted a variety of pollinator plants that do well in shade or partial shade. I addition, they weeded and mulched the garden. A very productive day thanks to Courtney, Bill, Reagan, Monty and Luke! Enjoy the photos…

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A Fun and Successful Planting Day at Yates Mill County Park!

On October 28, 2022 the South Wake Conservationists had a very productive planting day at Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh! We planted a wide variety of native plants in the Boulder Garden. In addition, we also planted a large number of Common Milkweed in adjacent gardens. Thanks to Bob, Reagan, Luke, Courtney, and Bill…

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A Beautiful Day for Creating Pollinator Gardens!

On October 28, 2022 the South Wake Conservationists added two pollinator gardens to their list of accomplishments. The gardens were located at Crowder County Park. Thanks to Reagan, Luke, Bill, Bob S. and Bob B. for their hard and dedicated work. We also enjoyed partnering with the “Cooking Up Character” organization, who provided an opportunity…

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Fantastic Day at the Fair with the NC Native Plant Society

It was a perfect (yet warm) fall day, and we thoroughly enjoyed partnering with the NC Native Plant Society at the NC State Fair Saturday! Many thanks to Jackie Trickel for inviting us to share a booth with them next to their beautiful permanent native plants garden on the fairgrounds. We had a steady stream…

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Chimney Swifts Delivered!

Like clockwork, thousands of chimney swifts gathered at sunset in the skies over Fuquay Varina Middle School on Oct. 7. They seemed to appear from nowhere, first two or three, but eventually filling the sky by the thousands, like a flash mob. Twenty five people of all ages enjoyed the performance, where the weather was…

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A Successful Pollinator Garden Experience!

On October 12, 2022 the South Wake Conservationists accomplished a very productive “pollinator garden preparation day!” In other words, we had a successful weeding day at Crowder County Park. We prepared two pollinator gardens for a planting day on October 22. That planting day will be conducted with a non-profit named “Cooking Up Character”, which…

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Fall Cleanup at the SWC Garden at Bass Lake

After a hot and dry summer, plus hungry deer and the occasional rabbit foraging for anything edible, SWC’s Native Shade Plant Demonstration Garden at Bass Lake Park was in need of some TLC. SWC volunteers stepped up to the plate on a beautiful, crisp fall day on Oct. 5 and got the job done, so…

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Invasives Beware!

An intrepid team of South Wake Conservationists won the first battle against the invasive plants at Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs. With tools provided by the park, the team tackled and removed various instances of Bradford Pear, Chinse Bushclover, Autumn Olive, Mimosa Trees, Multiflora Roses, White Mulberry, Japanese Honeysuckle, Oriental Bittersweet, Chinese Privet, Vasey…

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Adventures at the Pond’s Edge!

Twenty-two kids rocked the pond at the NC Museum of Art Park this morning, Aug. 27, digging up pond muck, sorting through it, using dish pans, turkey basters, and magnifying glasses. A big shout out to the NC Museum of Art for providing access to their beautiful pond for this event, as well as to…

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A Fun Moth Night at Bass Lake Park

Behold the creatures at night! Our Eco Kids “Moth Night” Saturday night, July 23rd, was great fun and opened everyone’s eyes to an amazing world of nature after dark. Bonnie Eamick introduced an enthusiastic group of twelve kids and fourteen adults to “mothing,” as well as discovery of other features at night, like illuminating fluorescent…

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South Wake Teams Up With “Activate Good” Organization to Have a Successful Weeding Day at Bass Lake Park!

On Saturday morning July 9, 2022, three members of the South Wake Conservationists hosted a successful “weeding party” at the Bass Lake pollinator garden. They were joined by employees and volunteers from the Activate Good volunteer organization. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation’s Conservation Coordinator also participated. The group also mulched the entire garden. Enjoy the…

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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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