Meet and Greet at Scuppernong Books

Image Courtesy Wikimedia
Image Courtesy Wikimedia

The T. Gilbert Pearson chapter of Audubon will host a Meet and Greet from 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 14, at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm St. in downtown Greensboro. Weekend parking is free in all City of Greensboro lots and decks, and so you’ll have no problems parking.

The chapter will provide light snacks and iced tea; other foods and beverages will also be available for purchase. Whether you are new to Audubon, have not attended many chapter functions, or are a long-time fan, come on down to Scuppernong Books and meet each other as well as some of us long-time members. We “old timers” can answer questions you have about the chapter and its activities. So come on down to spend a pleasant afternoon with fellow Auduboners,  or just stop in to say “Howdy.” We’ll be pleased to see you.

July Nature Walk: Greensboro Arboretum

Photo courtesy of Samantha Thompson
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly
(Papilio glaucus)

Join the T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Society for an afternoon butterfly walk on Sunday, July 10, in the Greensboro Arboretum. We’ll also keep an eye out for birds, of course!

As usual for our Second Sunday Nature Walks, we will meet at 1:45 pm in front of the Whole Foods Market in Friendly Shopping Center under the Sears sign between BB&T and Chick-Fil-A next the Friendly Ave. If you would prefer to meet us at the Arboretum, we will be in front of the education building at about 2:15. We expect to return to the shopping center by 5:00.

The Arboretum address is 401 Ashland Dr., Greensboro, NC. For information about the park, go to the official website: http://www.greensborobeautiful.org/gardens/greensboro_arboretum.php 

Be sure to wear clothing appropriate for a hot, sunny day. You’ll appreciate a hat and comfortable footwear. Although the Arboretum has restrooms and a water fountain, bring plenty of water to drink during the walk. Other items you might bring are binoculars, a camera, and a butterfly field guide if you have them.

TGPAS nature walks are open to the public. Family and friends are welcome. No pets, please. This will be a joint nature walk with the Triad Chapter of the Carolina Butterfly Society.

RSVP: Please let the trip contact person know if you plan to participate. We have no good way of letting people know of changes in times and meeting places at the last minute. The trip coordinator will contact those who have signed up to let them know of any changes. This will help avoid you being annoyed or embarrassed if you show up and no one is there. The trip will be cancelled if the weather forecast is for rain most of Sunday afternoon.

Trip contact: Dennis Burnette, deburnette@triad.rr.com

 

Take a Walk Through History at Peabody Park

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Students strolling through Peabody Park during walking period (Photo courtesy UNCG archives)

What: Second Sunday Nature Walk
When: Sunday, June 12, 2016
Where: UNCG’s Peabody Park
Carpool: Meet at 1:45 p.m. at the Whole Foods parking area in Friendly Center between Chick-fil-A and BB&T near the Sears Plaza sign facing Friendly Avenue.

Take a walk through history as you walk through this important park at UNCG. The forest where Peabody Park and UNCG’s campus now exist was occupied by Confederate Gen. Joe Johnston’s army in 1865 just before he surrendered all remaining troops to Union Gen. William Sherman, effectively ending the Civil War. Musket balls and uniform buttons are still found here when working in the woods.

In 1901 philanthropist George Foster Peabody established this forested area as the State Normal School’s educational park. Our chapter’s namesake, T. Gilbert Pearson, a professor of Biology and Geology at the Normal School, made extensive use of the woods and fields, saying that his students “should be given the opportunity to acquire that intelligent appreciation of nature that can only come from study of the outdoor life in the woods and fields.”

Although dorms and other buildings have been built on the edge of the original park and some of the park has been converted to grass, it still offers plenty that is natural and interesting. Four branches of North Buffalo Creek are found here, two in the park woods and two in the fields. The university has built a foot bridge through the woods allowing walkers to look straight into the mature hardwood trees and down on the forest floor.

A paved walking path through the park fields invites walkers to amble alongside one of the creeks to look and listen for early summer birds and other critters. A small area of the fields has been converted into a Piedmont prairie by UNCG students and faculty, and a wetland is to be constructed there to help mitigate runoff from the UNCG playing fields.

We will take our time on this easy, mostly paved, walk to soak in the sights and sounds of this urban forest and fields. We’ll not look for anything in particular but just enjoy the afternoon and nature’s late spring offerings. Please join us for this Second Sunday Nature Walk in this historic park.

We will gather at 1:45 p.m. at the Whole Foods parking area in Friendly Center between Chick-fil-A and BB&T near the Sears Plaza sign to carpool to UNCG. Join us to walk where Pearson and his students did more than a hundred years ago, still gathering that “intelligent appreciation of nature.”  — Article by Jack Jezorek

Gardens & New Spaces at the Greensboro Science Center

science center logoWhat: Monthly Meeting
When: 7 p.m,. Thursday, April 14
Where: KCE Family Branch Library, Price Park
Who: Horticulturist Chandra Metheny

You may have noticed recent building additions to the Greensboro Science Center, but have you noticed the additions to the green space at the Science Center?

The Center is all-abuzz with two honeybee hives, butterfly gardens, herb gardens (used by the zoo animals), and more.

Our featured speaker for the April Pearson Audubon meeting will be Chandra Metheny, the first full-time horticulturist at the Science Center. Chandra will discuss how she is changing the landscape at the Center through sustainable practices that the public can duplicate in their own yards. Pollinator gardens, living rooftops and rain barrels are just a few of the exciting changes she will discuss.

A graduate of UNCG with a bachelor’s of science in environmental biology, Metheny is certified in permaculture landscaping design.

Come to the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library at 6:45 PM on Thursday, April 14th, and we’ll have light refreshments for a few minutes before the meeting begins. As always, this event is free of charge and open to the public. See you there!