Above; S. alabamensis 'in situ'.
The magnificent Sarracenia alabamensis
is now at a higher threat level in 2010 than in recent years. Due to cheaper land prices which is leading to quickened land acquisition and draining of it's surrounding habitats, it's now as important as ever to do our part as carnivorous plant enthusiasts to insure it's future well-being.
First described by Fred and Roberta Case in June of 1971, they are known only to a few rapidly disappearing areas in central and northern Alabama. The Cases devoted their whole lives studying and researching this beautiful plant, which ultimately led to it's protection. S. alabamensis is listed as an Endangered Species and is also on Appendix 1 of the CITES list. Their remaining habitats are also constantly under threat from dense overgrowth from lack of prescribed burns and general land maintenance for these dwindling sites. Also equally important, are the maintenance of the surrounding longleaf pine ecosystems which support these areas. Their overall well-being is truly...in our hands.
S. alabamensis site before prescribed fire;
After prescribed fire;
We need your help. If we pull together as a team, we can help to preserve these rare remarkable plants for our future generations. Please visit the ICPS homepage to donate to this most worthy cause.
Also as an added bonus, donatees which donate $350.00 or more (min. 3) will receive "The Splinter Hill Night in the Bog" Package which includes;
1) A full-day guided CP tour of Splinter Hill Reserve led by myself and Keith Tassin, Science Steward for TNC. Truly the "mecca" for 5 species of Sarracenia and many other CP species, you'll be blown away by the prestine unspoiled CP and their habitats. You'll definitely want to bring your camera for this one!
2) A one nights stay at the research facility house deep within the Reserve with all of the comforts of home, including a seafood boil and barbeque. After dinner, they'll be a slideshow lecture by myself on CP Conservation, followed by a lecture on prescribed fire and CP land maintenance by Keith. Then, it's off to the massive S. leucophylla stands which surround the house for "A Walk amongst the Sarrs" at dusk. And the moonlight does make every single one of them glow!
Also, imagine waking to have your coffee or tea, closely surrounded by Sarracenia
colonies as far as the eye can see. The extra-large screened- in viewing area makes it a reality.
Persons interested in the "A Night in the Bog" Conservational package must contact me by no later than March 25th, 2010. Event will take place in mid-May, 2010.
All participants will be responsible for all transportation to and from the site and lodging prior to the event.
A sneak peek at what one may encounter at "A night in the Bog" can be found here;
donated to the ICPS S. alabamensis Project will go towards the maintenance and conservation of these remarkable plants and their habitats.
Thanks for your help!
ICPS Director of Conservation.