Welcome to the Friends of Lewis Ocean Bay Website
Threats to Lewis Ocean Bay
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What you can do to help
It is illegal to remove, harass, destroy, or collect any plants, artifacts, or animals on the preserve.
Venus flytraps (Dionaea muscipula):
A globally imperiled plant species, requires fire to maintain its habitat, and yes eats bugs! Horry County and the area around Wilmington, NC are the only two places in the world you can find this plant growing naturally. Please enjoy them if you find them but never remove/collect them or post their whereabouts online. They are susceptible to poaching and trampling under your feet, and very rare!
Corn Snake (Elaphe [Pantherophis] guttata):
Found in upland, terrestrial habitats that are somewhat dry, exposed, and have underground mammal burrows. They especially favor sandy pinewoods like LOBHP! Often killed because they are confused with copperheads. Copperheads, however, have hourglass-shaped (rather than square) blotches, and are more brown than corn snakes. Please enjoy this LOBHP animal from a distance and never harass/pick up/ or kill any snake please. They are an important piece of the overall ecosystem.
Hooded Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia minor):
A stemless, deciduous, herbaceous perennial, carnivorous plant native to the Southeastern coastal areas of the United States. These plants grow in moist areas with poor nutrient based soils and have adapted by becoming able to consume small bugs. The plant has specialized leaves in the form of a hollow cone to serve as a trap for insects. Please only photograph these plants as it is illegal to remove them from the wild!
An old pine stump with charred burn marks shows the routine presence of prescribed fire. Prescribed fire maintains an open understory to allow rare plants and animals to thrive. Prescribed fire lowers wildfire risk and severity by removing fuels (pine needles and leaf litter) that accumulate over time on the forest floor.