Archive | July, 2015

In Defense of Plants

defenseShow your support and purchase these beautiful In Defense of Plants decals! These 4″x4″ stickers are waterproof and printed using soy based inks. The best part of this purchase is that 20% goes to the North American Orchid Conservation Center. Each sticker purchased will help NAOCC’s effort to preserve native orchids in the United States and Canada.

“Plants provide the ultimate power base for all the food and energy chains and webs that hold our natural world together, they also form the hubs of community structure and thus the centers of our focus.”- John Eastman

Hal Horwitz July 6, 2015

Hal Horwitz, PhotographerWe are saddened by the news of the passing of our friend and colleague Hal Horwitz.

Hal and his wife, Helen, enjoyed a rich and active life, sharing their passion for orchids as they travelled from Florida to Newfoundland to Alaska capturing their beauty on film.

Hal was an early champion of NAOCC and supported our efforts in many meaningful ways. He was instrumental in creating opportunities for us to tell the NAOCC story and established many of the contacts that continue to support our conservation efforts on the web. Our initial Gallery featured his photography and his images form the banner on the opening page of the NAOCC site. The stunning Yellow Lady’s Slipper, an image Hal was especially proud of, has become synonymous with the Go Orchids web site. Hal envisioned a field guide on native orchids and was working with us to develop the guide as a companion to Go Orchids. We intend to honor his dream and complete this mission.

Hal freely shared his knowledge, taught many, and worked with many others to capture the essence of native plants, especially orchids.

We will miss his passion for life, and extend our condolences to his family and friends. You can read about his life and family here: