Category Archives: Botany

The essential form of life on earth; algae, trees, shrubs, ferns, grass, and so much more.

Reviving Science of the Victorians

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In the 19th century, periodical science journals were filled with laypeople’s submissions – and their observations of plants and animals were immensely useful to Charles Darwin. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (21-31 October 2013)—#583—“Raise The Deck Midst Autumn Color”

We’ve been demolishing and rebuilding an observation deck “This Week at Hilton Pond,” but we haven’t been too busy to stand back and admire the fall color around us. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (11-20 October 2013)—#582—“Schweinitz’s Sunflower: Endangered Species Revisited”

Since 2006 I’ve been following ups and downs of the Center’s solitary specimen of Schweinitz’s Sunflower—a federally endangered species that once flourished on the vast Piedmont Prairie of the Carolinas. Continue reading…

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Another iPhone Microscope Tool

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This instructable will show you how to build a stand for about $10 that will transform your smartphone into a powerful digital microscope. This DIY conversion stand is more than capable of functioning in an actual laboratory setting. Continue reading…

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Citizen Scientists Track Pesticide Drift

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When Laura Krouse heard the roar of a crop duster as it flew low, ducking under utility wires to lay down a blanket of herbicides, she sprang into action. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (21-30 September 2013)—#580—“September Surprises: A Spider, A Dove, And A Bug”

We had several unexpected encounters at Hilton Pond the latter third of last month, what with the presence of a very large spider web, a Mourning Dove with telltale plumage, and a stinky bug new to the Carolinas and–until recently–all of North America. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (11-20 September 2013)—#579—“September Couplets: Two Plants, Two Birds, Two Six-leggers, And A Couple Of Cryptogams”

It’s September and organisms are starting that all-important shift from hot days of the summer reproductive season to the relative inactivity of cold weather months. Continue reading…

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Citizen Science Musings: Plankton Hunters

In the case of plankton, it is particularly appropriate, since where life on earth in general, and marine life in particular is concerned, one could hardly get more basic than plankton. Without it, there would be no sea life. There would also be much less oxygen for land-dwelling organisms. Continue reading…

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NSTA’s “Citizen Science” Brings Biology to Life

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The editors of NSTA’s new book Citizen Science have a straightforward goal: to inspire you to engage your students through public collaboration in scientific research—also known as citizen science. Continue reading…

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This Week at Hilton Pond (1-10 September 2013)—#578—“Trees And Transients (Or, Wood And Warbler)”

Figure 1.  The 3-inch diameter fruit of a Black Walnut, Juglans nigra (above), hangs artistically but dangerously above Hilton Pond Center’s old farmhouse—ÅND the heads of its human occupants. (Photo copyright Bill Hilton Jr.)

Are there deadly trees in your yard capable of causing a concussion? Do squirrels have you in their bombsights? Are suspicious warblers passing through your neighborhood? Continue reading…

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