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Site CFB07: Meadowview Biological Research Station


The Meadowview Biological Station was founded to help preserve and propagate endangered pitcher plants (Sarracenia genus). Nurseries adjacent to the parking area showcase these insectivorous plants. Please do not touch or disturb the nurseries. Instead, a good pair of close-focus binoculars will afford great views of these beautiful, bizarre plants. Be sure to look for insects lured into the plant, where they are devoured for needed nutrients. The helpful staff can provide important ecological information on these endangered plants. A trail runs behind the nursery to a beautiful bog, home to several beavers. These wetlands are also home to carpenter, cricket, and green frogs that erupt into chorus on warm humid days and evenings. Nearby woods and scrubland provide habitat for woodland songbirds.


In Port Royal, return to the intersection of US 301 and Caroline Street, turn left on US 301 South, travel 11.4 miles and turn right on US Business 301 South. Proceed 0.4 miles and turn right on SR 2 North. Drive 6.7 miles and turn left into the Meadowview Biological Station nursery. Please call ahead to arrange tours and to make sure the facility is open. Meadowview is open by appointment and requires staff to be present for visitors.

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