Wednesday Wildflower Walks in April

Naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson is leading a series of Wednesday morning wildflower walks at area parks, preserves, and watershed trails again this year. You’re welcome to join in for any or all of these walks. We have four walks scheduled in April. 305

On April 5th, we will go to the Richardson-Taylor Preserve, where we will walk the wetlands loop trail that overlooks an area of prior beaver activity, and see what wildflowers we can find. This will be about 1 mile of mostly easy walking with some slopes.

Our other wildflower walks in April are:

April 12Marie Poteat’s Farm: With Marie as our guide, we will walk trails on this 75-acre farm that is being restored with native plants. We will look for spring ephemerals that are native to the mountains, such as Dutchman’s Breeches and Goldenseal, as well as to the piedmont region of North Carolina. About 2 miles of walking, with some hills.

April 19Cascades Preserve: We will hike the Falling Waters Trail, which takes us on wooded slopes along the cascades of a beautiful creek, where we will look for wildflowers. About 1.5 miles of walking, moderate difficulty.

April 26Knight Brown Preserve: We begin on the Beechwood Bottom Trail and continue on the Creekside Loop trail to see which wildflowers are in bloom at this pristine site owned by Piedmont Land Conservancy. About 2 miles of walking, some of it hilly.

Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes as trails may be muddy or slippery in places, and many have exposed roots. Close-focus binoculars and a wildflower field guide would be helpful to have with you, as well as a walking stick, insect repellant (if the weather is warm), a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

We will meet for each trip at 9:30 a.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot at the end closest to Friendly Avenue between BB&T and Chick-fil-A. Those who wish may carpool to our field trip site. We expect to be back between 12:30 and 1:00 p.m., depending on the trip location. Please contact the trip leader at annwf7@gmail.com if you are meeting us at the trail site instead of at Friendly Shopping Center.

Cape Fear Bird Cruise Takes Off in May

American Oystercatcher
American Oystercatcher

Make plans to board the Bird Islands of the Lower Cape Fear Cruise on Sunday, May 21. All profits from the cruise are donated to Audubon NC. An annual favorite, this afternoon cruise celebrates the natural beauty of the Cape Fear River, the wonders of bird migration and the unique, important nesting colonies in our area with the community. Tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for children ages 12 and under.

To buy tickets, email Birdislandscruise@capefeargardenclub.org, or purchase them at Wild Bird & Garden stores located in Wilmington and Southport.

Earth Day Celebration

earthJoin us for our annual celebration of EARTH DAY on Saturday, April 1st from 1-5 pm, at our KCE Family Library.

Children of all ages can enjoy a variety of activities. A hayride will transport you from the Jefferson School parking lot to the library where many tables will be set up with wonderful things to see, do, and make.

Our T. Gilbert Pearson Audubon Chapter will have games and displays to challenge your knowledge of birds and give you ideas for bringing wildlife to your yard and helping them to survive in our urban environment. Stop by and say hello.

In case of rain we will still have a great day indoors. If you would like to volunteer at our table, please send an email to Sue Cole at suelyle@bellsouth.net.

Wednesday, March 29th Wildflower Walk

Dimpled Trout Lily by Ann Walter-Fromson
Dimpled Trout Lily by Ann Walter-Fromson

Naturalist Ann Walter-Fromson will be leading the next Wednesday morning wildflower walk at Northeast Park where we will search for Trout Lily and Spring Beauty on the Buffalo Creek Trail.

We will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Whole Foods parking lot at the area closest to Friendly Avenue, and carpool to our field trip site. We expect to return between 12:30 and 1 p.m., depending on the trip location.

Participants should wear sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes because trails may be muddy or slippery in places. Close-focus binoculars and a wildflower field guide would be helpful to have with you, as well as insect repellent (in warm weather), a camera, water, and a snack. No pets, please.

Fore a map and more info: see here