Natural Habitats

Birders Really Like This Beautiful Spot

June 9, 2022

It is not a competition, but we’re number two of 2,528 Hotspots in North Carolina. We were the number 2 eBird Hotspot in North Carolina for May 2022, measured by the number of bird species reported at Brumley North. eBird is a Cornell School of Ornithology citizen science project that seeks to use data crowdsourced […]

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Species Spotlight – The Invasive Callery Pear

March 10, 2022

Written by Patrick Boleman, Land Stewardship Manager East Callery Pear (Pyrus calleryana) With spring on the horizon, early-blooming plants are beginning to show their colors heralding the coming of warmer weather. Pinks from redbud trees, subtle reds from maples, and a myriad of colors from spring ephemerals are beginning to pop throughout the landscape. One […]

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Rattlesnake Range Conserved!

March 10, 2022

  So far, TLC staff hasn’t actually seen a timber rattlesnake on the newly conserved, Rattlesnake Range but that’s how we, or at least some of us, prefer it. This 76-acre property in northern Durham County is the third acquisition made by TLC in partnership with the National Guard Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI) […]

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Exploring Green Burial Resting in a Green Space: Conservation Burial

February 10, 2022

Bluestem Conservation Cemetery, the first conservation burial ground in The Piedmont, will open in February on a gorgeous 90-acre property in Cedar Grove. Bluestem will place the property under a conservation easement to be held by Eno River Association and Triangle Land Conservancy. In 2015, long-time conservationists Jeff Masten and Heidi Hannapel started LandMatters to […]

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Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense)

Species Spotlight: Chinese Privet

February 9, 2022

By Madeline Joslin, Williamson Preserve Community Engagement Associate AmeriCorps member Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) Ligustrum sinese, known commonly as Chinese privet, is of the genus Ligustrum which contains 50 species native to Europe, North Africa, and Asia. European privet and Japanese privet are also invasive, but not as abundant or aggressive in the piedmont of […]

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Species Spotlight: Local Amphibians

January 13, 2022

By Hannah Royal, Stewardship Associate Local amphibians In North Carolina, we are fortunate to have nearly 30 species of frogs and toads and more than 60 species of salamanders. The state’s rich habitat diversity, spanning coast to mountains, supports a wide assortment of wildlife. Here in the Durham – Chapel Hill area, rainy summer nights […]

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Magnolia Run

Now Open: Magnolia Run at Williamson Preserve

December 14, 2021

The day after Thanksgiving, national #optoutside day,  TLC opened four additional miles of trail in partnership with the Town of Clayton at the Williamson Preserve and River Walk Property. The new trail, known as Magnolia Run, can be accessed from the Salamander Loop in the southern part of the preserve.  The trail which twists and […]

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Species Spotlight: Nandina domestica

December 13, 2021

By Madeline Joslin, Williamson Preserve Community Engagement Associate AmeriCorps Nandina domestica You may have noticed one species starting to take center stage in the landscape as autumn slips into winter. Its berries resemble that of a native holly, but its foliage is distinct: fading from a pale green to a fiery red, it provides winter […]

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Species Spotlight: Eastern Redcedar

November 12, 2021

By Brenna Thompson, Land Protection Manager East Eastern Redcedar (Juniperus virginiana) The beginning of winter is a time of austerity in Piedmont forests, and when all the showy leaves and flowers have faded and fallen we are left with more subtle features to enjoy. This is the time when the eastern redcedar really shines. Eastern […]

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Why we all need a will. Today.

November 11, 2021

We don’t realize how incredibly important having an updated will is, until it’s too late. On June 1, my mom called to say she couldn’t breathe well and was heading to the ER. The next day she pulled me aside and said do you remember the red folder? It’s in the white cabinet. Of course, I […]

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