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Hike: Dutchman's Breeches at Willie Duke's Bluff

with Milo Pyne, Plant Ecologist; Scott Ward, NCBG Research Botanist

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Date: Friday, March 10, 2023

Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Fee: $18 ($16 Members)


Milo Pyne and Scott Ward will lead you to the natural area known as Willie Duke’s Bluff. You will have the opportunity to observe an outstanding display of Dutchman’s breeches and other rare and unusual spring native wildflowers including some of our local ephemeral favorites, including bloodroot and dimpled trout lily.

This hike is somewhat difficult, depending on your abilities, and includes one steep climb. During the hike you will be off trail during times, and if there have been recent rains, parts of the trail might be muddy, so please wear sturdy shoes/boots and long pants. This traverse usually requires approximately three hours. Meeting spot provided upon registration.



Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 3/9/2023 2:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Program Leader

Milo is a native of Durham and has a B. S. Degree in Botany from N. C. State University. He is currently a Senior Regional Ecologist at NatureServe’s Southeastern US Office in Durham, NC, and has a long-term interest in the conservation of plants and natural communities, as well as the medicinal uses and folklore of plants.


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Scott Ward is a research botanist at NCBG working for the Flora of the Southeastern United States team and its associated PDF publications, as well as web and phone applications. Scott is originally from western New York, has worked and collected plant specimens across much of Florida, and is now extensively exploring North Carolina and elsewhere across the southeastern US. His degree is in plant ecology from SUNY Brockport, where he also worked on a variety of community and wetland ecology projects. Scott also performs research at the NCU Herbarium, annotating specimens, utilizing specimens for dichotomous key writing, and accessioning many of his botanical collections into the herbarium.


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