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October 2012

The new Ellerbe Creek Family Explorer’s Club meets on the first Saturday of every month, and is open to all families in Durham and surrounding communities. Children and an adult family member attend together. The targeted age group will be 6 years old and under, although all family members, of all ages, are invited to participate.The Club is free, and events usually last about an hour. Families are encouraged to attend as often as schedules permit...

August 2012

We currently are looking for a Director of Conservation. The Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association seeks an energetic, organized, social, and highly motivated professional to guide our land conservation and stewardship programs. The primary duties are conducting landowner outreach and conservation transactions; guiding strategic planning of our expanding land conservation and stewardship program, guiding our volunteer-based committees and contracted Land Steward; and providing staff support for our watershed restoration activities...

Photo By Josh Rose

Green Tree Frog
Green Tree Frog at Beaver Marsh

January 2012

We are pleased to annouce the acquisition of a 195-acre parcel near our Glennstone preserve, bringing our protected watershed land area about 350-acres, more than doubling our protected acreage. Thank you to the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund, the Upper Neuse Clean Water Initiative, Conservation Trust for North Carolina, the City of Raleigh and Durham County, among others. Thank you to all of our supporters who made this purchase possible by donating time, talent, and financial support to ECWA...


In the Watershed

September 2012

September brings a number of winter residents back to the Piedmont, including the occasional red-breasted nuthatch and a number of wrens (winter, sedge, marsh) and sparrows (swamp and white-throated). Ruby-crowned kinglets, tiny olive-grey birds with bright red spots on their crown, returned to the Piedmont this month after spending the summer in the coniferous forests of Canada and the northern United States. Migrant warblers also continue to pass through North Carolina as they head towards the neotropics for the winter. Birders may even see snowy egrets, little blue herons and tricolored herons, which won’t return again to the Piedmont until early April...

Photo By Josh Rose

Zebra Longwing butterfly
Zebra Longwing butterfly seen at the headwaters of Ellerbe Creek

July 2012

This month, the sonorous singing of many bird species tapers down with the heat of July, but the indefatigable indigo buntings (Passerina cyanea) and blue grosbeaks (Passerina caerulea) will continue to enliven us with their songs.
One reason blue grosbeaks may continue to sing is because in North Carolina, and throughout the southern extent of their summer range, they often produce two broods per year. By July, most blue grosbeaks in the area will already have nested once, and females will begin to repair or build nests for the second brood...

February 2012

In February, romance is in the air in the avian world. Carolina wrens start to couple up and build nests, along with non-native house sparrows. Barred owls begin hooting their mating calls. Red-shouldered hawks can be seen high in the sky performing their mating displays. Also, woodcocks begin their elaborate courtships in February. It is worth braving the cold this month to watch male woodcocks spiral skyward and fall rapidly back down to earth making a distinct “peenting” call in hopes of attracting a mate...