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Photo of the Month: July

Elusive Wood Turtles

“I’ve lived here my whole life and if there were orange-legged turtles crawling around on my farm I’d know about it”. We’ve heard iterations of that line several times now, and perhaps my favorite followup quote, uttered moments after finding two Wood Turtles near the farm’s river ford, went something like “I’ll be dipped in […]

Lighting a Match- July 2020

Brannon Knight, Director of The Orianne Society’s Longleaf Savannas Initiative, checking on the preserve and the outcome of past controlled burns. walk through the preserve and learn about how controlled burns help keep the preserve healthy and optimal for life in these rare habitats.

Lighting a Match- June 2020

Rattlesnakes: Protect-Educate-Conserve

On June 16th, 2020 we are going to begin a month long celebration of rattlesnakes through our Protect – Educate – Conserve campaign. This campaign will culminate on July 16th, 2020 – World Snake Day! We will provide daily clips from the field with Dr. Chris Jenkins as he monitors Timber Rattlesnake populations in the Southern Appalachians. These clips will be filled with natural history information, will dispel common rattlesnake myths, and will work to show how rattlesnakes are important animals that deserve conservation. You can follow Dr. Jenkins’ posts on our social media or through the hashtags:
#WorldSnakeDay2020 #SnakeTalk or #ChrisJenkins