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A Shadow over North Carolina

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This is a clump of soil I found next to one of the poaching holes. You can see some seedling Sarracenia flava plants trying to survive in the little clod. There are also a few Drosera capillaris plants, too. The poachers just dropped this chunk and didn't even care.

After I took this picture, I put the clump of soil back into one of the nearer poaching holes and patted it back into place. It only took a second. The bastard poachers didn't have an ounce of respect for the land--if they had, they would have put these little carnivores back into the ground. All they cared about, instead, was getting some plants home to build up their damned collections, or to send to some other growers.

Funny--just one month prior, I had been all excited about the black-veined Sarracenia flava var. ornata that was recently donated to our University collections. Now I am pretty sure it was probably poached, and I suspect it might even have come from this very spot. Now, every time I see this plant I don't think about how pretty it is, I just think about those poachers.

As I continued to survey this relatively small site that has suffered so much poaching, I also realized that the poachers had been at work on the Venus Flytraps. I found about 11 smaller holes in the small slope where the Flytraps grew.

It was getting to be early afternoon, and I wanted to meet up with my local guide. I hadn't been able to contact him the night before, so I decided to drive directly to his house and see if he was home.

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