Conservation at Piedmont Wildlife Center

Piedmont Wildlife Center is involved in a number of conservation programs aimed at fostering the biodiversity of the Piedmont.  From building nest boxes to tracking turtles, we are actively working to support the health and stability of the natural communities of the Piedmont.

An essential facet of our conservation efforts includes promoting awareness about issues affecting the flora and fauna of our area. If you’re interested in gaining more knowledge about local conservation, check out our internship opportunities or conservation classes!

**NEW**Piedmont Wildlife Center now has a listserv for Conservation updates.
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The Box Turtle Connection Project

With the help of interns and students, we are collecting census, habitat and movement data by tracking box turtles on a daily basis.  Wildlife Conservationists across North Carolina are using this data to generate a plan to help protect the turtle and its habitats.

With the help of the public, we are now keeping a database of other turtles (live and dead) found across the Triangle.  See how you can become a citizen-scientist and get involved in our conservation work!  Visit this webpage for more information.

You can also check out our citizen science links page for projects around the United States!

Conservation Gardens

Conservation gardening helps  safeguard rare plants, provides habitat and food for animals and promotes a healthy human relationship with the natural world. Our garden is designed to support and encourage people to create conservation gardens in their own backyards.

It is also used in our education programs to teach about the habitats and plants in our community. Built in an area that was dominated by invasive species such as Privet and Japanese stilt grass, the conservation garden gives us a space to help promote a greater level of diversity in the wider landscape.

Biological Inventory

We are currently studying and surveying the species found at Leigh Farm park so we can understand more about their biology and their habitats.  One of the most critical problems facing wildlife in our area is habitat fragmentation and it is getting worse, not better. For the protection of biodiversity, it  is essential to protect and preserve areas similar to our park across the state and country.

We need help from area botanists (or self-proclaimed botanists) that are willing to inventory areas of the park.  If interested, please e-mail


The goal of WildNet is to bridge the gap between citizens, animals, educators, rehabilitators and veterinarians by building networks of communication between these groups.

We will be creating a dawn to dusk hotline that will give the public immediate information on what to do with misplaced or injured wildlife.  When necessary, these volunteers will also help with transportation of the animal to a rehabilitator or veterinarian.  WildNet will also be providing supplies and support for rehabilitators and veterinarians, as needed.

If you are a rehabber interested in being a part of WildNet, please fill out the rehabilitation volunteer form on the WildNet webpage.  If you are interested in being a part of WildNet and aren’t a wildlife rehabilitator, fill out our volunteer form and select WildNet under interests.