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The 2019 Monarch Conservation Webinar Series

The Monarch Joint Venture is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center to present a year of informative and interesting webinars about monarch butterflies. Topics include, “How to Plant for Success: the Trials and Triumphs … Continue reading

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Flowers Can Hear Buzzing Bees, and It Makes Their Nectar Sweeter

When you read this title, it almost sounds like something out of a science fiction movie. How can flowers hear anything? And if they do hear, how does that make them capable of producing sweeter nectar? A Tel Aviv University … Continue reading

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Park Pulse: Parks Can Play a Vital Role in Saving Pollinators

Every month, the National Recreation and Park Association polls Americans on any and everything related to park and recreation issues. In this month’s poll, there were two questions: 1. Should communities have designated areas for plants that support pollinator species? … Continue reading

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Insects are Disappearing from Science Textbooks

Do you remember learning about insects when you were in school? Or if you’re in school currently, are there multiple chapters devoted to insects in your science textbook? Insects outnumber most other species beyond measure, yet new research has revealed … Continue reading

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The Insect Apocalypse Is Here

Just published in the New York Times, this article details the dramatic decline of insect populations in recent history.  Have you ever heard of the ‘windshield phenomenon’?  If you’re old enough, think back twenty, thirty, forty years:  you’re driving down … Continue reading

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Audubon NC Expands Native Plant Guide!

Audubon North Carolina has expanded their native plant list from 400 to 692 native and cultivated plants that thrive in North Carolina!  This list is a single source of recommended bird and pollinator-friendly plants that can be filtered by habitat, … Continue reading

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To Protect Pollinators, Go Easy on the Fall Garden Cleanup

The leaves are falling and garden beds are looking drab.  You might look out your window and think it’s time to do some yard work.  Before you head out the door, remember there are many good reasons why you should … Continue reading

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North Carolina Native Plants Week, October 28 – November 3

Governor Roy Cooper has officially designated October 28 to November 3 as Native Plants Week in North Carolina, highlighting the importance of native plants to North Carolina’s natural heritage.  Last October (2017), First Lady, Kristin Cooper, hosted a special commemoration … Continue reading

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North Carolina Solar Technical Guidance Document

Just released!  Our Energy Committee has drafted a detailed guidance document for the creation of pollinator habitat on solar farms.  You can either navigate to our ‘Energy’ section (under the ‘Committees’ tab) to find the document and get more information, … Continue reading

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Study Reveals Best Use of Wildflowers to Benefit Crops on Farms

There have been ongoing discussions to determine the best strategy to attract pollinator and pest predators to agricultural fields.  Scientists have suggested that wildflowers as border crops may be effective.  However, there must be an ideal mix of natural habitat … Continue reading

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