Local Excursion

Local Excursion: Early Autumn Wildflowers and Vegetation in the Eno Diabase Area

with Julie Moore, Lesley Starke, Milo Pyne, Friends of Plant Conservation

The registration period has closed for this event.

Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020

Time: 10:30 AM-12:30 PM

Fee: $30.00 ($27 for members of NCBG or FoPC)


The Eno River Diabase Sill Natural Area is located in Durham County. Many may be familiar with the Penny’s Bend Nature Preserve, which is at the heart of this important rare plant area. There are several additional protected properties in this vicinity including the Eno River Diabase Sill and Hebron Road Plant Conservation Preserves owned and managed by the NC Plant Conservation Program, and the Blue Indigo Slopes Nature Preserve owned and managed by the Eno River Association, to name a few. Each of the partners in this area have contributed significantly to the overall conservation success story. Circumneutral soils, derived from diabase substrate, are a shared key feature of these sites, allowing many rare prairie-affiliated plant populations to flourish. Most notable is the federally endangered smooth coneflower (Echinacea laevigata), but there are 23 additional rare plant species in this area. Our autumn tour will highlight fall wildflowers, native grasses and the beauty of these special places in fruit. We will highlight the management strategies needed to restore and maintain these sites. Transportation not included. We will meet at the site. Directions to the meeting site will be provided by email before the event date.


What to wear/bring:

The excursion will be on mostly even ground. A hat to shield yourself from the sun and sunscreen and insect repellent if you so choose (we will have some on hand if you forget). Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated.


Pants and closed-toed shoes or boots are recommended to help with tick prevention.



We're expanding our partnership with the Friends of Plant Conservation to offer several excursions and Lunchbox Talks that highlight some of our state's rarest plants and natural areas.


This event is a partnership between the NCBG and the Friends of Plant Conservation.



 Also see the LUNCHBOX Talk: Wildflowers of the Eno Diabase Area on August 13. 

About the Speakers

Julie Moore

Julie Moore is an endangered species biologist active in native plant organizations and local land trusts, is past president of the Botanical Society of Washington D.C.; a board member of the Longleaf Alliance, the B.W. Wells Association, Friends of Plant Conservation, and NC Plant Conservation Program. She retired in early 2019 after 15 years as the national coordinator of the US Fish and Wildlife Service's Safe Harbor Program which engages private landowners to conserve species listed under the Endangered Species Act. She authored “Managing the Forest and the Trees,” for longleaf forest landowners funded by The Nature Conservancy. With Dorothy Wilbur-Brooks, she created “Southeastern Summer Flower Finder” to be published in 2020. For The Cullowhee Native Plant Conference, she has led daylong field trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway teaching use of plant identification keys.

Lesley Starke

Lesley Starke is the Program Manager for the NC Plant Conservation Program. She has a background in conservation ecology and land protection and restoration. Her professional interests include conserving special places and the species that inhabit them.


Milo Pyne

Milo Pyne is a native of Durham and has a B.S. in Botany from N. C. State University. He is a member of the Eno River Association, a local land trust, and the Durham People's Alliance. Milo worked on the U. S. National Vegetation and Ecological Systems Classifications for The Nature Conservancy and then for NatureServe for about 20 years, ultimately serving as the Senior Regional Southeastern US Ecologist. Prior to working for TNC and NatureServe, Milo served as Natural Heritage Botanist for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation's Division of Natural Heritage from 1993 to 1996.

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Registration open through 9/17/2020 10:00 AM

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Refund Policy


This Excursion will take place in Durham, NC. Directions to the meeting place will be provided to confirmed registrants prior to the date of the event.