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January 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Skippers in the Dunes

January 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The North Carolina coast has its own species of butterfly – the crystal skipper. This small brown butterfly can be found around sand dunes along the Crystal Coast from April to May, and again from July to August. The skipper is endemic to just a 50 kilometer stretch from Bear Island to Fort Macon State Park, and its total range is less than 3,300 ha. Unfortunately, the skipper is experiencing habitat fragmentation due to urban development, as much of its…

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Drawing and Painting with Watercolor Pencils (Virtual)

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Have you ever wondered what to do with those watercolor pencils gathering dust in your studio? Watercolor pencils can be used to make interesting textures and they make a good addition to watercolor painting, colored pencil, and mixed media. Join Kate for an introduction to various techniques using watercolor pencils as we all work on a project over Zoom. The class will have demonstration time as well as student work time.

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February 2021

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Rare Wildflowers of North Carolina

February 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join us for a virtual tour across North Carolina to see some of our most rare, beautiful and sometimes overlooked wildflowers. We will explore from the mountains to the coast and learn what makes a plant rare and what is being done to protect them through stories of both woe and conservation success. Register here

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Painting Birds in Watercolor (Virtual)

February 13 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

with Patricia Savage, Professional Artist Date: Saturday, February 13, 2021 Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Location: Online class via Zoom Fee: $90 ($81 Members) Following a brief overview of bird anatomy, students will learn how to use washes and dry-brush to paint a bird. No prerequisites. Note: Supplies are not included. A supply list will be uploaded to this page and sent to registrants in mid-January. Register Here

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Analyzing the Effects of Urban Noise and Light Pollution on Avian Communities

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

With the increase of people moving into urban areas every day, anthropogenic (human-produced) sources of noise and light are having a drastic effect on near and inhabiting wildlife. Birds have been particularly useful to study when looking at these urbanization effects, specifically urban noise and light pollution. Join Lauren Pharr, Master of Science student at North Carolina State University, for a discussion of how urbanization continues to effect local bird species.

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Bloodroot Blood Drive

February 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27517 United States
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White bloodroot flower with text reading Bloodroot Blood Drive, Friday, February 26, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

We're proud to join the American Red Cross for our Bloodroot Blood Drive on Friday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. With the ongoing pandemic, the Red Cross needs the help of blood and platelet donors to meet the needs of patient care. Spots are limited: schedule your appointment in advance on the Red Cross website. Masks are required for everyone, and any participants must past a health screening. Learn more about Red Cross COVID-19 safety precautions. Snacks…

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March 2021

Online Series: Introduction to Therapeutic Horticulture

March 1 @ 12:00 am - April 21 @ 12:00 am

A self-paced, fully-online, six-week course covering the theory, practice, and profession of therapeutic horticulture. Explore how therapeutic horticulture supports human needs, including physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual needs, and will have the opportunity to research, discuss, and reflect on the people/plant relationship. This course provides a foundation for health and allied health professionals, other practitioners working with people, and interested individuals to learn about this unique therapeutic method.

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Beginning Drawing (Virtual Series)

March 4 @ 1:30 pm - March 25 @ 4:30 pm

An introductory level course of drawing for beginners and those wishing to refresh their skills. Includes using a sketchbook for line drawing exercises on seeing to draw, quick sketching, mapping for accuracy, and other basic principles of drawing. This is a live three hour Zoom format class divided into a group session for lecture, demonstrations and group critique with the instructor followed by one on one individual appointments for consultation and problem solving.

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Shade Gardening with Native Plants (Virtual)

March 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A shady garden can brim with wildflowers in spring, offer cool respite in summer and provide habitat in winter. This virtual class will start with a quick overview of gardening in the shade and then focus on plants suitable for such endeavors.

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Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Mitigating Climate Change through NC’s Natural and Working Lands

March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

North Carolina's Natural and Working Land Action Plan recommends 25 activities that will help increase North Carolina’s resilience to natural disasters and offset greenhouse gas emissions by sequestering and storing carbon. Developed through a stakeholder-driven process, the Action Plan recommends conserving, restoring, and managing lands in six sectors: Agriculture, Coastal Habitats, Floodplains and Wetlands, Forestry, Pocosins, and Urban Lands. It also outlines specific projects for North Carolina’s natural and working lands that sequester carbon, build ecosystem and community resilience, provide ecosystem benefits, enhance our economy, and recommend socially equitable implementation.

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