The Raleigh Naturalist

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     Natural History of Raleigh Photos


Geographic areas of Raleigh

      Central Raleigh – Downtown, Glenwood,Boylan Heights, Mordecai & Oakwood

      East Raleigh– Longview, Buckeye Trail & Poole Road

      North Raleigh – Shelley Lake, Lake Lynn & Big Branch creek

      Northeast Raleigh – Raleigh Swamp, Atlantic Ave, & Marsh Creek

      South Raleigh – Walnut Creek, Dix Hill and the Coastal Plain

      Southeast Raleigh – More Walnut Creek, Rock Quarry Road & Garner

      Southwest Raleigh – Lake Johnson, Lake Raleigh and Swift Creek

      West Raleigh – Art Museum, Jaycee & the old Beltline arc

About & Reflection

Greenways & Parks – open space initiatives

Exotica – outposts and travel

Gems & Surprises – the best and coolest stuff

Green resources – ways to help

Nature Lore – science & taxonomy

Pecans & Mistletoe – natural resources in the urban setting

Raleigh History

Rural Raleigh – country sights & memories

Straight Streets – street-themed essays


Pecans & Mistletoe: Nature Projects Blog

     Research Resources

Natural History of Raleigh research links

Environmental Education links

    Personal links

John Dancy-Jones

Raleigh Rambles

The Paper Plant





Blog Directory

Blog Flux Local - North Carolina


Web Log Directory

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 Publisher’s Statement

   The Natural History of Raleigh is a blog becoming a book.  After publishing Snapper in 2001 I realized that the NEXT culminating, many-disciplines-in-one project (for Snapper was one) in my future was work about the city greenways I was walking and falling in love with at the time. I am not a meeting person, to work on initiatives, nor a scientist, to work rigorously and logically, but a literary kind of naturalist( and a metacognitionist of a teacher).  This blog presents notes toward essays about the lore about, and the real opportunities to experience, nature in the city limits of Raleigh.  I was born here in 1953, remember images of Hurricane Hazel’s aftermath (I was 18 months old) and grew up in East Raleigh, with much, much time spent in old downtown.  Even then the parks, the “waste places”, the empty lots and railroad yards seemed to hold more promise, or at least interest, for me than the big office buildings with the nine to five people who bought hot dogs at my daddy’s luncheonette on W. Morgan Street. Now red-tailed hawks scour for pigeons, coyotes have appeared in Wake County, and the greenway ushers me past all my childhood trails.

Here is the record of my travels.             

Update: The Natural History of Raleigh is published!


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