Orange Coneflower
Rudbeckia fulgida
©Tony Russell
This blog is a place for sharing discoveries, observations, comments and questions that result from outdoor inquiry in the eastern Blue Ridge foothills known as the Piedmont Ecoregion.

This blog is managed by Center for Urban Habitats. Devin Floyd (co-founder of Blue Ridge Discovery Center) has founded this new organization in order to address education and conservation gaps in urban areas, in addition to the rural work of BRDC.

Center for Urban Habitats Mission
Center for Urban Habitats (CUH) advances biodiversity education and conservation in urban areas.
CUH accomplishes this by:

  • Ecosystem Installations: We install ecosystems on all scales with a strict ecological model, for private and public entities
  • Biological Survey: We conduct education-based biological surveys for private and public entities
  • Education: We create education programming related to our projects, for schools, clubs, and other public and private groups, all focused on local ecology and biodiversity
  • Publication: We publish materials related to native plants, animals, and habitats 
  • Research: We perform research exploring the relationships between biodiversity renewal and urban ecosystem restoration
  • Local Genotype Plant Nursery: We are in the planning phase of creating a local genotype native plant nursery to fulfill all of CUH’s installation needs, and provide the general public with quality local native plant material

This blog functioned under the umbrella of Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) from November of 2009 to July of 2012. BRDC maintained three blogs, each reflecting its explorations, discoveries and education activities in different ecological regions:  
2) BRDC’s Piedmont Blog

BRDC has since narrowed its geographic focus, but all three blogs remain active as essential components in exploring and defining the edge of what we understand as “Blue Ridge”. It’s a complicated moving target, and an eternal conversation.

Blue Ridge Discovery Center’s Mission
Blue Ridge Discovery Center (BRDC) is a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people to explore, discover, and share the natural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

We believe that there is no better way to ensure the well-being of future generations than to provide creative and fun opportunities for people to engage their surroundings, to look closer, to question, and to share what is found with others.
  • BRDC provides opportunities for people to discover the wonders in their backyards, their parks, their forests, fields, rivers and mountains.
  • BRDC strives to foster a community based interest in sharing biodiversity with others through guided education activities.
  • Through collaborations with various educational and established outdoor institutions, BRDC will continue to work to bring the principles of ecology, sustainability, and discovery to a new level.
For more information, visit Blue Ridge Discovery Center’s website: