This is one of my favorite times of year. After months of winter, we're finally seeing more daylight and warmer temperatures. Those bulbs tucked into the soil many months ago are starting to show their first green shoots and blossoms. Soon we will see Spring in full bloom--so let's celebrate with news and events to #keepNCgreat!
Be Part of the Ripple Effect...
We will soon be celebrating Earth Month with businesses and nonprofits in the Triangle and Charlotte. The Corporate Earth Day Events  include the Corporate Challenge, After Party and Earth Day Breakfast. These events bring together companies large and small to work with local nonprofits that care for our water, air, land and wildlife.

YOU can be involved by joining us at the Earth Day Breakfast in Raleigh on Friday, April 22nd. The theme is Ripple Effect. Here are the highlights:
  • Master of Ceremonies Elizabeth Gardner, WRAL-TV meteorologist
  • Keynote speaker Dr. Roland Kays, Director of the Biodiversity Lab, NC Museum of Natural Sciences (and co-discoverer the olinguito, a species of mammal)
  • Enjoy a farm-to-fork breakfast at historic venue 214 Martin Street
  • Network with local conservation and business leaders
  • Celebrate the impact of corporate social responsibility and explore how we can continue to widen the ripple effect.
Be part of the ripple effect by reserving your tickets online or calling 919-687-4840 today.
Plans are underway for Corporate Forums in the Triad, Charlotte, and Triangle. The forums bring together business and conservation leaders to discuss a common interest in protecting our natural resources and opportunities for engagement. The first forum will be held at Proximity Hotel in Greensboro on March 15th. See the  Corporate Forum page  for  more information and RSVP by March 8th.
photo from NCCLT
NC Coastal Land Trust protects 155 more acres!

Last month, the NC Coastal Land Trust purchased 155 acres  of beautiful hardwood forest in the Chowan watershed along 2.5 miles of the Meherrin River, just south of the Virginia state line. The land protects species of trees such as old-growth  cypress, tupelo, oaks and maples, as well as elm, ash and hollies. Wildlife abounds , including wood ducks and mallards, and migratory songbirds in the spring and fall. The property expands their existing Meherrin River Preserve, now totaling 575 acres! See the article in Coastal Review.
photo from Sound Rivers
Sound Rivers assists UNC Public Health with fish consumption guide

Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and Sound Rivers partnered with UNC School of Public Health to educate anglers about fish consumption advisories. UNC recently completed a brochure regarding fish consumption advisories for NC and specifically Lake Crabtree. The Lake was contaminated with dangerous levels of PCBs, originating from the Ward Transformer Company, now a Superfund site. Read more from the Sound Rivers update and the  Eat Fish Wisely website.
As always, our Member events  calendar is full of volunteer, education, and recreation opportunities near you! You can sync it with your calendar so you'll never miss an event. Here's a sampling of March events:
  • 3/4 Air Made Visible Grand Opening: Clean Air Carolina brings us Particle Falls, an animated light projection on the UNC Charlotte Center City building that will reveal the invisible dangers in the air we breathe. On display every evening at the corner of 9th & Brevard Streets in Charlotte through April 23.
  • 3/5 March Forth with Eno River Association: Come on this 2.5 mi evening journey along one of the prettiest stretches of the Eno River, starting at the Cole Mill Access of Eno River State Park.
  • 3/9 Wild Ideas for Getting Outside with Triangle Land Conservancy: Reserve your spot today to hear local outdoor adventurers share their tips, tricks, and wildest outdoor exploits in the Triangle through rapid-fire imagery and storytelling.
  • 3/12-3/19 Durham Creek Week.
  • 3/12 Flat Shoals Mountain Hike with Piedmont Land Conservancy.
  • 3/19 Spring River Ride to benefit Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation: The motorcycle ride begins in Morganton and ends in Sherrills Ford.
  • 3/25 Volunteer at Florence Nature Preserve with Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy: the preserve is in Gerton, NC in the beautiful upper Hickory Nut Gorge.
  • 3/27 A Primer on Permaculture at SEEDS.
Plastics, planting, and pollinator gardens

This time of year you may want to know  what to plant  as the seasons shift, and how to make a  pollinator garden  while you're at it. Or perhaps you're wondering why you or someone you know gave up chocolate for Lent  instead of something else ( this too).  Dig in to some of these resources, and send us your favorite tips for next issue.

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Happy coming-of-Spring!
Allison Harrison
Outreach & Engagement Director
EarthShare North Carolina
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