Local Excursion: Early Autumn Wildflowers and Vegetation in the Eno Diabase Area
with Julie Moore, Lesley Starke, Milo Pyne, Friends of Plant Conservation
The registration period has closed for this event.
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM
Fee: $30.00 ($27 for members of NCBG or FoPC)
The Eno River Diabase Sill Natural Area is located in Durham County. Many may be familiar with the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, which is at the heart of this important rare plant area. There are several additional protected properties in this vicinity including the Eno River Diabase Sill and Hebron Road Plant Conservation Preserves owned and managed by the NC Plant Conservation Program, and the Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve owned and managed by the Eno River Association, to name a few. Each of the partners in this area have contributed significantly to the overall conservation success story. Circumneutral soils, derived from diabase substrate, are a shared key feature of these sites, allowing many rare prairie-affiliated plant populations to flourish. Most notable is the federally endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), but there are 23 additional rare plant species in this area. Our autumn tour will highlight fall wildflowers, native grasses and the beauty of these special places in fruit. We will highlight the management strategies needed to restore and maintain these sites. Transportation not included. We will meet at the site. Directions to the meeting site will be provided by email before the event date.
What to wear/bring:
The excursion will be on mostly even ground. A hat to shield yourself from the sun and sunscreen and insect repellent if you so choose (we will have some on hand if you forget). Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.
Pants and closed-toed shoes or boots are recommended to help with tick prevention.
We're expanding our partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas.
This event is a partnership between the NCBG and the Friends of Plant Conservation.
Also see the LUNCHBOX Talk: Wildflowers of the Eno Diabase Area on August 13.