Discoveries in the Darkness: A Look into the Local Diversity of Moths and the Connections to our Natural Communities and Native Flora

Lenny Lampel, Natural Resources Coordinator/Supervisor with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s Division of Nature Preserves and Natural Resources will speak at the February 12 Southern Piedmont Chapter meeting about the nighttime world of moths. Many people are not aware that moths are just as important pollinators as butterflies and bees, and we may even find out that they are more important! Find out more about the plants moths love and need.

Date: Sunday, February 12
Time: 2:00-4:00

Reedy Creek Nature Center
2900 Rocky River Rd. Charlotte, NC 28215


Join NCNPS Today!

At only $25 per year for individual memberships, NCNPS is one of the most affordable things you can do to support environmental programs. One of the benefits of membership is invitation to members only hikes and outings such as:

  • Southern Piedmont Chapter April 9 Trillium walk. Location to follow. Tentative meeting time 2:00 PM Open to members only.
  • State Society Spring Trip to Boone May 5-7. Friday, Saturday and Sunday hiking opportunities to see spring wildflowers at the peak of their bloom. Speakers, plant auction and social. Details to follow in next newsletter. Open to members only.
  • Southern Piedmont Chapter May 14 meeting…local Pink Lady Slipper site plus additional wildflower visit. Open to members only.
  • June 3-State picnic-ARC Building at Hagan Stone Park Pleasant Garden, NC—best native plant auction, plus many affordable plants on the $5 table. Best place to find rare and unusual native plants to expand your garden.

In addition you will receive the quarterly newsletter with excellent native plant articles written by NCNPS members. Join at

The Dr. Mellichamp Presidential challenge!

Last year, at the state picnic in June, our president, Dr. M challenged all of us to get involved…and the Southern Piedmont Chapter needs you! Spring is busy season for members as communities across the Piedmont host festivals and events and invite NCNPS to participate. Please help us staff these booths. To sign up email ncnpsspchapter@gmail.comto let us know when you help. Events include:

  • MCSWCD Tree seedling distribution, 9-12 Noon, Feb. 25, Charlotte, Hal Marshall Center
  • Reedy Creek NC Arbor Day celebration , March 18, 2-5:30 PM
  • Earth Day, numerous community events and festivals, April 22 and 29-Charlotte, Davidson, Kings Mountain, Matthews, Stowe Botanical Garden, Statesville, Monroe

    Bernice Turnipseed and friend at Earth Day Booth in Matthews 2016

Eco-Friendly Native Plant of the Month

Eco-Friendly gardening–what is it and why do we do it? There are many ways to be Eco-Friendly in the world today. Native Plant lovers often find their passion in creating home gardens with native plants, and find their reward in attracting birds, butterflies, pollinators and wildlife. The benefits of providing food and shelter for our neighbors-furry, feathery, scaly and more- is that we often are able to observe them up close, providing constant entertainment and beauty. Fellow NCNPS member and photographer Will Stuart often generously shares his photos of both native plants and their visitors. Note the tiger swallowtail butterfly on the Echinacea purpurea in the photo above.

Campsis radicans with hummingbird by Will Stuart

One of the goals of the North Carolina Native Plant Society is to educate our community about easy and successful ways to do that (be eco-friendly). Our monthly Bird Friendly Native Plant of the Month series gets a new name in 2017, moving to the more broadly encompassing Eco-Friendly theme. These flyers will continue to be posted on this blog and on our website.

NCNPS members often pass around favorite websites for learning more about plant culture and growth habits, plant lists, habitat lists etc. We offer a few of those to you below, and encourage you to share your favorites in the comment sections!

Native Plant gardening type sites:

Bird lover sites:

  • Cornell University has lots of information about ways to attract birds
  • Audubon Society is doing a great job of compiling information about Bird Friendly native plants and we credit them for getting us started on this theme!
  • Birds and Blooms is a fun site to use to think about specific bird and plant interactions
  • Nature Conservancy and Cornell have created a Habitat Network yard map project that provides a variety of information

Insect lover sites:

Ilex verticillata with Northern mockingbird by Will Stuart