Pollinators in Peril:
Some Emergent Themes
From the Honey Bee and Beyond
What: Monthly Meeting
When: 7 p.m,. Thursday, May 12
Where: KCE Family Branch Library, Price Park
Who: Dr. Olav Rueppell, Professor of Biology at UNC-Greensboro,
For our May meeting, we are fortunate to have as our speaker Dr. Olav Rueppell, Professor of Biology at UNC-Greensboro, and internationally-known authority on honey bee ecology, social behavior, genetics, and colony health.
Considerable attention has been given to the severe health problems that honey bees and other pollinating insects have suffered in recent years. After discussing the significance of the symbiotic relationship between pollinators and plants, Dr. Rueppell will explore some of the major ideas suggested to explain declining pollinator health.
This discussion will focus on the honey bee and will describe some of the research that he and his students are conducting at UNCG to solve the problems.
Second Sunday Nature Walk
All About Pollinator Gardens
What: Second Sunday Nature Walk
When: 2 p.m. Sunday, May 8
Where: Guilford County NC Cooperative Extension Center
Carpooling: Meet at 1:45 p.m. in Friendly Shopping Center under the Sears Plaza sign facing Friendly Avenue, between BB&T and Chick-fil-A
Join us on our Second Sunday Nature Walk on May 8. In keeping with our theme about native pollinators, we plan to visit the relatively new Pollinator Garden at the Guilford County NC Cooperative Extension Center.
Of course, not all the plants will be in bloom this early in the season, but we’ll enjoy looking at this beautiful garden design and learning about plants that attract bees and butterflies.
If we have time, we will then travel the short distance to the Greensboro Arboretum where we will visit the new monarch butterfly waystation. This should be both a fun and an informative afternoon.
You don’t need to bring anything but a friend -- or perhaps your mother, because it is Mother's Day! This is a great day to spend time with her.
We will cancel the trip if the forecast calls for rain in the afternoon.
As always, meet us at 1:45 in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center. Look for us under the Sears Plaza sign between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. We plan to depart at 2 p.m. and return to the Whole Foods Market by around 5 p.m.
(Pollinator Garden "mailbox" sign photo by Dennis Burnette)
Help Us Keep Pearson Audubon Vibrant!
Pearson Audubon wants your two-cents worth...and then some! Your input makes us the dynamic chapter that so many of you enjoy. Our chapter is as vibrant as its membership. Help us move forward.
Pearson Audubon will have an important meeting, its annual planning meeting and officer elections from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 5, at the KCE Family Branch Library in Price Park, our usual indoor meeting place.
This is your chance to help us to explore what you want to explore! Suggest places to go, topics to delve into, and types of nature for us to put into focus for you, your family, and our community.
If you’d like to propose some places for our nature walks this summer or throughout the year, or if you have a really cool idea or hot-button issue for one of our regular meetings, please come to the annual meeting or send us an e-mail with your ideas. We will keep in touch with you via e-mail, our website and Facebook.
Several members of the board are rotating off, and we need a few more to rotate onto the board. Many hands are here to help you step up for your Audubon chapter. Reach out and see how enriching this experience can be.
Uvularia perfoliata, at left, and Green and Gold/Ann Walter-Fromson
We Are Wild About Wildflower Wednesdays
By Ann Walter-Fromson
We have had great weather for our Wednesday wildflower walks to area trails and parks.
Each week we’ve had a congenial and knowledgeable group of folks participate, with many people from both T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon and the Triad chapter of the Native Plant Society. During the first four walks, we saw at least two-thirds of the species from our target list of 25 wildflowers in bloom.
Forty-eight individuals attended the six wildflower walks to area trails and parks, The number of participants on a walk varied from eight to 21, for a total participation of 95
Here are a few highlights from the various walks:
At the Bog Garden we saw clumps of large leaves growing in a low wet area. It was suggested that this is Skunk Cabbage. Judy Stierand discovered that Mark Rose (former president of Native Plant Society) planted Skunk Cabbage at the Bog Garden, making for a positive identification.
On several walks, folks asked about fiddleheads. This term refers to the curled up frond of several species of ferns. Only some fiddleheads are edible, with Ostrich Fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris) fiddleheads being most highly recommended for flavor. Some like Bracken fiddleheads are edible only when cooked, because of toxins in the plant.
On the Laurel Bluff Trail we saw a blooming shrub in the heath family that, after some research and later discussion, I learned is: Staggerbush, Lyonia mariana.
On the Beech Bluff Trail, we saw a violet with a deeply cleft leaf, Viola palmata which is called Blue Wood, Early Blue, or Palmate Violet.
We saw many additional spring ephemerals in bloom on our walk at Marie Poteat’s farm where she has plants native to the mountains (such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal) as well as to the Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Ann Walter Fromson discussing a native plant/Dennis Burnette
Second Sunday Nature Walk Report
On a beautiful Sunday afternoon in April, seven people joined in a nature walk at Northeast Park.
The group walked on the Buffalo Creek Trail, where we saw Spring Beauty in profusion and appreciated the views of the creek. Starting from the Low Water Crossing area, we also walked a short way on the Reedy Fork trail through a bottomland forest, and were delighted to see Golden Ragwort, Perfoliate Bellflower, and Jack-in-the-Pulpit in bloom.
The birds the group saw were few and far between -- a White-Throaded Sparrow, Northern Cardinal, and a Turkey Vulture were among the sightings - but everyone enjoyed look for birds and identifying native plants.
(Photo of nature walkers by Ann Walter-Fromson)
Area Nurseries Participating in Bird-Friendly Native Plants of the Year Program
880 Buteo Ridge, Pittsboro NC 27312
Edgefield Plant and Stone Center
3307 Edgefield Road, Oak Ridge 27409
Fifth Season Gardening
1616 Battleground Avenue D-3, Greensboro 27408
Frank’s Perennial Border
1744 W. Clemmonsville Road, Winston-Salem 27127
Gethsemane Garden and Landscape
Greensboro Farmers Curb Market and Piedmont Triad Farmers Market
Garden visits by appointment only
Guilford Garden Center
701 Milner Drive, Greensboro 27410
2077 S Main St, Graham, NC 27253
36-227-5769; website http://livinglandscapesnc.com
New Garden Landscaping and Nursery - New Garden Gazebo
3811 Lawndale Drive, Greensboro 27455
New Garden Landscaping and Nursery - New Garden Village
5572 Garden Village Way, Greensboro 27410
1111 Dawson Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
Price Nursery & Landscaping
130 Westchester Drive, High Point, NC 27262
Soviero’s Tri-County Garden Center & Feed
3818 N. Main St., High Point 27265
No website but has Facebook paage
To find more participating nurseries in other parts of the state, visit
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