Jackson Park – Raleigh Charter High School to the rescue

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There was mulch to spread, wood chips to spread, weeding to do, and Raleigh Charter High School did it all.  They volunteer on August 28 and along with city staff made the park that much nicer to visit.  Go see … Continue reading

The Invasives in Our Midst – Thursday, April 6, 7pm

Location: 816 Valerie Dr.

Invasive plant species have settled in to our neighborhood quite happily. Leigh Bragassa will help you learn which plants should be removed from your yard. Continue reading

Nature Journaling at Prairie Ridge

Nature Journaling! Join us at Prairie Ridge once each season to begin or continue on your nature journaling adventures.

Whether you’re picking up tips for programs & workshops, learning natural history, Continue reading

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale – now at NCMA

Pi Alpha Xi Plant Sale in Honor of Dr. Frank Blazich Continue reading

Don’t Skip These

by: John Gerwin

I went outside this week, on a couple afternoons, to check out the butterflies. A number of butterfly-attracting plants are now blooming nicely (New York Ironweed, Cup Plant, Smooth Oxeye, Green-headed Sneezeweed/Coneflower, Summer Phlox). And, as I’d expected/hoped, a number of Skipper butterflies have now appeared to feed at these flowers (I saw 4 Skipper species that day, in an hour of looking around). Continue reading


Fox in the yard Thursday pm

Yard moth

from John Gerwin:

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Attached are photos of a moth I’ve seen a few times around the yard and house, over the years. I’m always struck by the beauty of zigzag and wavy lines I see on some moths and butterflies. And that beauty is captured in the name of this one: Tulip-tree Beauty (moth; Epimecis hortaria). Against better judgement, this one stood out by resting on the outside of one of my birdhouses. Normally one might find one, or rather, flush one, from the bark of a tree where it is very well-camouflaged. Continue reading