North Carolina Biodiversity Project is now ONLINE!

By: Katie Hall, Public Information Officer, North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation

When you close your eyes and think about North Carolina, what do you see? Do you imagine the mountains, the coast, the town or city you live in? Do you think of a scarlet Cardinal perched on a branch, your favorite lake reflecting the sky, the towering long leaf pine? The familiar poem “The Old North State” by Leonora Monteire Martin beautifully captures the importance that our natural environment has on the way we remember our state.

Here’s to the land where the galax grows,
Where the rhododendron roseate glows;
Where soars Mount Mitchell’s summit great,
In the “Land of the Sky,” in the “Old North State.”
Here’s to the land of the cotton blooms white,
Where the scuppernong perfumes the breeze at night.
Where soft Southern moss and Jessamine mate,
‘Near the murmering pines of the “Old North State.”
…Here’s to the land of the Long Leaf Pine,
The Summer Land, where the sun doth shine.
Where the weak grow strong, and the strong grow great–
Here’s to “Down Home,” the “Old North State.”

We know enough about the trees, plants, and animals across our state to be flush with pride about the natural environments that we have here in North Carolina. Still, there is so much we don’t know, especially about how many of different plants and animals we have in any one area, which are declining and how fast, and critical measures we could take to conserve them.

This is where the North Carolina Biodiversity Project comes in. Using its new website, nc-biodiversity.com, the public can contribute to successful conservation of these species and actively show their support for the preservation of the natural areas of our state.

The NC Biodiversity Project is compiling and sharing information about a multitude of species in our state. They want to know not only what we have, but how they are distributed throughout the state, what habitats they’ve come to depend upon, and their conservation status within our state’s ecosystems.

The new website provides a centralized set of links to each of the projects taxon-focused sites and checklists and websites of other groups that share similar goals. North Carolina State Parks own Tom Howard worked with Harry LeGrand to developed the impressive Butterflies of North Carolina website, an important component of the statewide database.

What you can do to help: Go to the taxonomic group on the biodiversity project website based on the species you believe you’ve found, whether you’re near your home or on vacation within North Carolina. On the webpage for each taxonomic group, you will see a menu item to “submit a public record” or “submit an entry.” This is where you can submit a record of where and when you saw the species, with an option to include a photo.

Your participation is important in building the database into the most complete library of species possible. New species will come to our state, and some species won’t stay. Through it all, you can be a part of something big.

If you have questions or comments for the North Carolina Biodiversity Project, you may email ncbp.website@gmail.com.

2 thoughts on “North Carolina Biodiversity Project is now ONLINE!

  1. Amanda Goodwin LeVasseur

    As my father, Lester McGee Goodwin or Mac as he was known, was superintendent for Weymouth Woods from its inception in 1962 I have a deep love for my home state!
    Having grown up in the Sandhills of NC I have a great appreciation for the delicate ecological balance that must be maintained on our planet.
    Now I reside in the Sandhills of Florida and have a desire to carry forth my fathers legacy to preserve natures balance, not always mans desires, in our world.
    I would like to be kept up to date on all information you can provide me.

    1. Thank you so much for your comment! Florida has a great State Parks system and I hope you are enjoying your neighboring parks. We would love for you to visit NC State Parks as much as possible! Please keep up-to-date with us through our robust website, ncstateparks.gov. If you go to “newsroom” at the top of the page, you will see where to access all of our news, blogs, and publications as they are released. Feel free to email our Public Information Officer at Katie.Hall@ncparks.gov with any specific questions.

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