Spring Ephemerals

Rich Carpet of native Spring blossoms

Spring Beauty is a remarkable early Spring native species that carpets diverse woodlands and provides some of the first large scale pollinator support each year.

Vacciniums

Blueberries are Happening!

Here is a Blueberry that is one of a few native species that is "precocious". In this context, precocious means that the plant produces flowers before it produces leaves.

Please check out navbar at top of page for a comparison of other native East Coast Vacciniums.


This shows the stage of bloom in the third week of March on the 38° parallel in North America.


Blueberries are great native plants that support some of the earliest native pollinators and many other native fauna.

Reversing Extinction happening right now in our Ecosystem

Halloween Pennant Dragonfly

Defaunation in the Anthropocene

Published by Rodolfo Dirzo, et al., this study describes the present as a "global wave of anthropogenically driven biodiversity loss:  species and population extirpations and, critically, declines in local species abundance". 


These are the forces that drive our native flora and fauna toward extinction.


What you will read here is our story of reversing some of the growing extinction pressures within the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The information and research contained here has shown exciting results in restoring genetic diversity to local populations of native plants and increasing local species abundance for which pollinators urgently search in a fragmented ecosystem.



 

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Plant Stories

The graphic that you can click below shows Ionactis linariifolia. Some call this species "Stiff-leaved Aster". This season saw a race between the Winter winds and this little larva- a seed predator- devouring every seed in each head. (See third picture in series.) We were lucky to save a good amount of seed for next year's population enrichment.

Ionactis linariifolia (JPG)

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About Us

For 10 years, we have been working with the community in educating about restoration methods that help to establish healthy, genetically diverse populations of native plants. We are developing a program that will allow the permanent preservation of this enriched habitat.

The Native Grassland Conservancy's mission is the preservation of native habitat and the conservation of biodiversity through the restoration of vibrant native plant communities that support native bees and butterflies and a healthy ecosystem.

Get Involved. If you would like to support our 501(c)(3) non-profit, you can do so through charitable donations, volunteering, and making land available for restoration and preservation.

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