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December 2020

Virtual LUNCHBOX Talk: Survival by Degrees – 389 Bird Species on the Brink

December 10, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

National Audubon Society scientists crunched the latest data on climate change and the state of birds, and the results paint a picture that is both troubling and hopeful. The report — released in October — shows that two-thirds of North American bird species are at risk of extinction because of rapid changes to our climate. The good news is that Audubon’s science also shows that if we take action now we can help improve the chances for the vast majority…

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Virtual Year of the Wildflower Finale: Plant Love Stories

December 17, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Botanists have many plant love stories. These stories have power: they bring people together, they connect people with nature, and they help us bridge our research and our communities. Caitlin McDonough MacKenzie will share the work of Plant Love Stories, a project that collects and shares stories highlighting the emotional connections between people and plants. Mountain aven flowers in unlikely low-elevation habitats, an herbarium specimen of a white rhodora flower, and dwarf beech trees far from the alpine zone inspired…

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January 2021

Advanced Traditional Watercolor (Virtual Series)

January 7 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

This course builds upon Intermediate Traditional Watercolor. Students independently select a native plant of their choice and design and complete a watercolor painting displaying different aspects of that plant. 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. Students prepare a written analysis of their work explaining their design choices and a report describing the botanical details…

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Sustainable Garden Systems: Going Beyond Plants (Virtual)

January 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Learn about sustainable strategies you can use in your home and garden to reduce environmental impact, utilize nature’s resources, and promote biodiversity.

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Native Grasses in Your Landscape (Virtual)

January 26 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Native grasses are tough and resilient plants that can make a great addition to any home landscape. Whether you’re hoping to provide wildlife habitat, reduce maintenance, or provide a bold statement in your landscape, there’s a native grass that can meet your needs. In this course we’ll explore the importance of grasses in our landscapes, learn how to maintain and manage these species, and look at the best native grasses for a wide range of garden situations.

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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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Virtual Darwin Day Lecture: Spatial Structure as a Mechanism for Diversity

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

Spatial ecological patterns are ubiquitous in nature and have been observed across a range of systems from tropical systems to infectious diseases. Understanding the consequences of spatial ecological patterns has the potential to provide unique insights into emergent behaviors and ecosystem functioning.

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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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