Retrospective

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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Bass Lake Day Bliss

What a beautiful day for a festival! Our Community Engagement and Eco Kids Committees had a great time engaging with kids and adults in the Holly Springs area at this fun annual festival held at Sugg Farm, with sunny skies and temps in the low eighties. There were lines of eager children formed to get…

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Out with the weeds, in with the seeds!

SWC members are whipping the three pollinator gardens they built in the local area into shape this Fall: Lincoln Heights Elementary School, Fuquay-Varina, NC; Millbrook Elementary School, Raleigh, NC and the Big Lake in William B. Umstead State Park, Raleigh, NC. As the new pollinator plants grow to fill the spaces established, so have the…

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Kids having fun on the Eco Kids Hike at Bass Lake Park!

The Eco Kids Program is up and running! We had a wonderful turnout for our first nature hike on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 19. Fifteen kids, ranging in age from 3 to 10, hiked the two miles around Bass Lake in Holly Springs, enthusiastically discovering dozens of wildlife species along the way. While they had cards…

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SWC’s Nominee Accepts Business Conservationist of Year Award

South Wake Conservationists is very proud that their nominee won the 2021 NCWF ‘s Governor’s Conservationist Achievement Award for Business Conservationist of the Year. Owner Basil Camu and his company Leaf and Limb in Raleigh broke the mold when they shifted focus from tree removal to tree preservation and habitat restoration through plantings, healing the…

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Birds, birds, birds at the NC Museum of Art Park!

Another amazing bird walk at the NC Museum of Art Park on Saturday morning, Aug. 28, led by Park Ranger and renowned bird photographer Chantal Taunton. Nine SWC members and guests joined an early-morning stroll through the beautiful grounds of America’s largest art park to see eighteen different species of birds. The highlight was hearing…

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Paddling on the Cape Fear River

Members of South Wake Conservationists, Tara Moore, Director of Conservation Partnerships with NCWF and her guests joined together on a fine morning for kayak paddling on the Cape Fear River which flows in the Atlantic Ocean near Cape Fear, from which it gets it name. Shortly after launching our kayaks from the landing at Cape…

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A Fun Morning at Millbrook Magnet School!

Four members of South Wake Conservationists teamed up with two faculty members from Millbrook Magnet School to have a very productive morning! We not only pulled a large quantity of weeds but also made plans for adding another pollinator garden to school grounds!

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Pollinator Maintenance at Lincoln Heights Elementary

SWC members broke out the garden gloves and tools on July 7 for an early-morning pollinator garden maintenance workday at our sponsored Lincoln Heights Elementary School site, working with the school’s Environmental Connections Integration Specialist Laura Wood. The new pollinator plants have matured this year and are a rich mixture of colors and textures, but…

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Field Trip! NC Museum of Art Park

We kicked off our new monthly field trip series with a guided tour of the NC Museum of Art Park by our own John Kinsella. John led a group of nine on a fascinating, 90-minute tour of the outdoor art, ecosystem, and environmental engineering of this unique park, the largest art park in the United…

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New Bern Avenue Cleanup!

On June 19,2021 the North Carolina Wildlife Federation (including 4 members of the South Wake Conservationists) teamed up with the Great Raleigh Cleanup Group and local resident Gus Vandermeeren to collect over 900 pounds of trash near New Bern Avenue in Raleigh! Approximately 30 volunteers participated in this highly successful initiative!

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SWC Hosts an Interactive Exhibit at the Marbles Kids Museum

SWC was honored to be invited to create and host an interactive exhibit about kids and nature at the Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh on Saturday, June 13. We were joined in this special event by NC State Parks, Piedmont Wildlife Center, and Triangle Rock Climbing. By all accounts, the event was a great success,…

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