Insects, Outings, Plants

Citizen scientists needed


Looking for a final project for your BRN certification? Hands on the Land ( and the GSMNP need citizen scientists to survey snails and millipedes along the BRP from April through June this year. This is an activity that should appeal to BRNN members – we all love creepy-crawlies, don’t we?

Volunteer to recruit BRNN members (and others), organize the recruits into a team, with car-pooling and other ways to enhance participation, and it could be your graduation project. No prior knowledge of snails required.

Contact Charlotte Caplan – – for more information, before the end of February.

UPDATE from Charlotte:

Here are the details I’ve received for the training on Saturday, April 8:

“The training event will be held at the Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center on April 8th from 9am until 3pm. Make sure to bring your lunch and expect to get a little dirty since you will get some collection experience. You will pick up some collecting supplies at the training event.

The VC is located at milepost 384
199 Hemphill Knob Rd 

Asheville, NC 28803

There’s also some more information on the website so have a look at the how to collect section and this will give you an idea about the procedure. More information will be updated soon.”


If you have been looking for ways to get involved in hemlock conservation we’ve got some opportunities for you!
The Hemlock Restoration Initiative holding a volunteer workday with their partner the Forest Restoration Alliance April 13  from 9am to 4pm at the Mountain Research Station in Waynesville.
Here is a link to description of the workday on our website:
If you think you’d like to attend please RSVP ASAP for details.

This will be a horticulturally focused day where volunteers will work in the FRA greenhouse, helping out with transplanting, tagging and caring for some particularly valuable hemlock seedlings. We may also engage in some other light gardening work but NO CHEMICALS INVOLVED!

If you have any questions about the Hemlock Restoration Initiative (HRI), the Forest Restoration Alliance (FRA) or the work we do please feel free to reach out.

Sara deFossett at