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Shaken Creek Preserve

Sponsored by the Southeast Coast chapter

Monday, April 11, 2011

A highly diverse natural community in the Onslow Bight, managed by the Nature Conservancy; here you will find 4 of the 5 types of pine savanna, blackwater creeks and pocosins.

Caravanning in

Coastal Plain Dwarf Iris

Iris verna

Viola primulifolia or lanceolata? or hybrid?

Venus' Flytrap

Dionaea muscipula with flower bud forming


Pinguicula pumila

showing the basal rosette of “sticky” leaves that capture insects

Hiking through the Savanna

Palamedes Swallowtail

A coastal plain species whose larval host plant is primarily the redbay and a few other members of the Lauraceae family.


Viola sp.

Swamp forest with redbay in the foreground

Persea palustris

Musk Turtle

Quercus sp.

Q. laurifolia or Q. phellos

Cypress -Gum forest

Ilex myrtifolia in the foreground

Exploring the open savanna

The flowers of the trumpet pitcher-plant, Sarracenia flava, appear before the new leaves.

Purple pitcher-plant

Sarracenia purpurea

Grasshopper on....?

Horse Sugar

Symplocos tinctoria

also known as Sweetleaf or Yellow-wood

A Prothonotary Warbler posed for John Ennis

Thanks to Sara Babin and Angie Carl of The Nature Conservancy for guiding us through this unique habitat!
To find out more about this special place visit Shaken Creek Preserve.

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