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Native orchids are a natural treasure and their survival can only be assured by educating the public about their complex life cycles and vulnerability. Removing them from their native habitat almost invariably results in their death. By helping to distribute the following post, we can hopefully deter this behavior from happening in the future.

Parks Canada is asking for the public’s assistance in solving the following crime at Fathom Five National Marine Park:  Between 2 June and 10 June, 2017 a culturally significant and locally rare species of orchid was removed from Flowerpot Island. It is believed this Large Round-Leaved Orchid, Platanthera orbiculata, had been specifically targeted for its rarity.  This particular plant had been present in the Park for over a decade and was utilized by Parks Canada staff for educational purposes.  Anyone with information on this or other violations should contact Parks Canada Dispatch at 1-877-852-3100. More…

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:

Ghost Orchid video

js_stagesThis video, created by photographer Jay Staton, shows the flower development of the Ghost Orchid, Dendrophylax lindenii, from spike to the seed pod dehiscing.

Ladder in tow, Jay made over 30 trips into the swamp at Fakahatchee Strand. The first stage was taken in February, when many plants start sending out a flower spike. He returned almost every week, setting up the ladder and camera in the exact position, to capture the new growth. 14 months later, after the last stage was captured, Jay combined the images in Photoshop to produce this video. From beginning to end, the process took over 500 man-hours to complete! Learn more about Jay and his photography here.


Grande Ronde Native Plant Reserve

Screenshot 2014-05-15 12.38.14In 1993, former Eastern Oregon University agronomist Andy Huber began acquiring land in the Grande Ronde Valley to create a non-profit native plant reserve. Along with restoring the land and propagating native seeds, Andy’s site is also the only US site where Mountain Lady’s Slipper orchids are grown from seed. Take a virtual tour of this native plant reserve and see three native orchids in bloom.

Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators

2014 Poster

orchid_posterThe Pollinator Partnership is the largest organization in the world dedicated exclusively to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. Birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants sustain our ecosystems and produce our natural resources by helping plants reproduce. This year the Pollinator Partnership has chosen “Native Orchids Need Their Pollinators” as the theme for their poster. To order your poster or learn more about the important role of pollinators, and the dangers they face, visit the Native Orchid Pollinator site.

Orchid Conservation Coalition

occThe Orchid Conservation Coalition (OCC) is a network of people, societies, and businesses dedicated to raising awareness for orchid conservation. Their program, 1% For Orchid Conservation, encourages orchid societies and businesses to commit 1% of their net revenue towards their choice of orchid conservation projects. NAOCC is pleased to join this coalition and supports this type of networking that promotes active engagement towards the goal of orchid conservation.