Today I joined a great organization, the Triangle Society for Conservation Biology, at their first meeting of the year. This organization was founded last August, and is largely made up of graduate students and faculty at Duke University and North Carolina State University, with a few representatives from the University of North Carolina, the Nature Conservancy, and the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission. The organization is open to the community and they would love to get more people from all walks of life involved! If you are interested, please check out their website.
At the first meeting of the new fiscal year, we met at William B. Umstead State Park (Wake County, NC) and took a hike down to Crabtree Creek, which runs through the park. Due to the heavy rains from Tropical Storm Hanna, the creek was high, muddy and fast moving. We saw remnants of the park's early history, including the remains of a mill dam, the company mill stone and large piles of quartz rock that farmers had cleared from their fields. The park offers a number of great hiking trails, from 0.6 to over 10 miles, running through mixed hardwood-pine forests.