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Collectors of the UNC Herbarium
Information compiled by Carol Ann McCormick.
Special thanks to Misty Franklin Buchanan & Kimberly Israel of the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program,
Missy McGaw of NC Wildlife Resources Commission, Will Cook and  Jim Hawhee for photographs.

Harry E. LeGrand, Jr.
(b. 1949)

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Harry LeGrand & Camassia scilloides
Photograph by Jim Hawhee, 3 April, 2012

Harry LeGrand has deposited more than 500 specimens in the University of North Carolina Herbarium.  Most are from North Carolina and reflect his service with the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program for the past 28 years.  In November, 2012 Marshallia legrandii was named in his honor by Dr. Alan Weakley, Curator of the UNC Herbarium.  The holotype is at NCU; isotypes are being distributed to other herbaria around the United States.

 

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Marshallia legrandii Weakley
Photograph by Will Cook

Harry LeGrand was born in Alamance County, North Carolina and grew up in Raleigh.  He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from North Carolina State University.  He earned his Ph.D. in 1981 from Clemson University; the title of his doctoral thesis was “The relationship of the nocturnal bird migration to the diurnal bird populations in spring and fall in northwestern South Carolina.”

In 2012 LeGrand was presented the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award given annually by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission. Misty Franklin Buchanan wrote when nominating him:

“[I am nominating LeGrand] in recognition of the many outstanding contributions he has made to wildlife conservation in North Carolina during his 28 year career as Vertebrate Zoologist for the North Carolina Natural Heritage Program.  Officially, Harry’s main responsibility at the Natural Heritage Program is to serve as the program’s authority on the conservation of rare vertebrate animals and their habitats.  This includes generating, compiling, and evaluating data about the ecological significance of rare animal occurrences; designing and implementing field studies to evaluate and document rare animal occurrences; providing guidance and information concerning the special conservation needs of rare animals to other public and private agencies as well as private, corporate, NGO [non-governmental organizations], or government landowners; identifying, classifying, and prioritizing rare animal habitats for conservation action; and contributing to the development of management policies and protection planning for rare animal habitats.

In addition to these duties, Harry has made important contributions to developing the state’s understanding of the natural resources within North Carolina by serving as principal investigator in numerous natural areas inventories, which seek to discover and catalogue all of the rare plants, animals, and high quality natural communities within the survey areas.  Harry has completed inventories of counties including Caswell, Johnston, Moore, Person, Robeson, Scotland, and Wake, and regional inventories including the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine region, Appalachian Trail, Dare County Bombing Range, Holly Shelter Game Land, Piedmont mafic areas, Jordan Lake, Waccamaw River, and Kerr Reservoir.  Harry has made sure that all of the data and information gathered during these surveys have been mapped and archived at the Natural Heritage Program, and shared with partners across the state, who use the information daily to make conservation and land management decisions.

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Harry LeGrand (center) receiving the Thomas L. Quay Wildlife Diversity Award in 2012
David Hoyle, Jr. (left), chairman of the wildlife commissioners
Gordon Myers (right), executive director of the commission
The Quay Award is the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s most prestigious award and recognizes individuals who make outstanding contributions to wildlife diversity in NC. 
Harry LeGrand was a student of Dr. Quay, a professor of zoology at NC State University.
Photograph by Missy McGaw, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

Harry has been instrumental in surveying and making recommendations for the Dedication of State Nature Preserves across the state, including many Game Lands, State Parks, and State Forests. A partial list of these Wildlife preserves includes Buffalo Cove Game Land, Cape Fear River Wetlands Game Land, Croatan Game Lands, Holly Shelter Game Land, Sandhills Game Lands, and Shocco Creek Game Land.  Harry has also served as a leading authority on rare animals in the state. This includes serving as a lead author on the biennial publication of the Natural Heritage Program List of the Rare Animal Species of North Carolina, which includes information on county distribution, habitat, status, and conservation rank of the state’s rare animal species.  Along with this, Harry has served on the WRC Habitat, Nongame, and Endangered Species Committee for almost 20 years, providing valuable expertise and insight for WRC protection decisions.  Although Harry officially retired from the committee in 2010, he continues to provide help as needed.

 

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Harry LeGrand next to large oak at Larkspur Ridge
Photograph by Misty Franklin Buchanan

However, Harry’s job description fails to convey the depth to which he has committed his life to the pursuit of scientific exploration and conservation in North Carolina.  Harry often spends weekends and holidays participating in wild-a-thons and bird counts at his own expense.  Harry frequently leads field trips for groups of professionals and amateur naturalists, birders, and wildflower enthusiasts, tailoring his presentations to the interests and expertise of the groups.  Harry is also active on several email listserves (including birds, butterflies, and plants), frequently contributing information and answering questions as a volunteer.  These public outreach efforts broaden the public’s understanding of North Carolina native species and habitats, and strengthen public support for conservation within the state.

Although Harry’s professional title is Vertebrate Zoologist, he is also an expert on butterflies, dragonflies, plants, and natural communities.  Harry has devoted many volunteer hours to developing and contributing to the Butterflies of North Carolina widely known as the butterfly atlas for the state.  Developed with Tom Howard over the course of 18 years, this comprehensive website includes photos, maps, and information about all of the 175 butterfly species that have been recorded in North Carolina.  Harry and Tom Howard have also developed and maintained a similar online atlas for Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina. 

Harry has truly contributed so much to all aspects of wildlife conservation in North Carolina, from basic scientific exploration to help us understand what species are present within the state and their habitat requirements, to helping secure funding for land protection, to making recommendations for land management after sites are acquired.”

 

 

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Harry LeGrand
Photograph by Jim Hawhee

PUBLICATIONS (incomplete list):

LeGrand, Harry E., Jr. (2011)  An inventory of the significant natural areas of Caswell County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Office of Conservation, Planning & Community Affairs, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (2009)  An inventory of the significant natural areas of Robeson County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Division of Natural Resources Planning & Conservation, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (2007)  An inventory of the significant natural areas of Person County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Office of Conservation & Affairs, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (2005)  An inventory of the significant natural areas of Scotland County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Office of Conservation & Community Affairs, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (2003)  An inventory of significant natural areas in Wake County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Division of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (2001)  An inventory of significant Natural Areas in Johnston County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  Triangle Land Conservancy and North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Division of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment & Natural Resources.

--- (1999)  B. Everett Jordan Lake project:  inventory for rare, threatened, and endangered species and natural community inventory.  Army Corps of Engineers [incomplete citation]

--- (1997)  Biological inventory of Holly Shelter Game Land, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Division of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment, Health, and Natural Resources.

---(1997)  Natural Heritage Program list of the rare animals of North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage program, Division of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment, Health & Natural Resources. 

---(1992)  Regional inventory for critical natural areas, wetland ecosystems and endangered species habitats of the Albemarle – Pamlico estuarine region:  phase 2.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Albemarle – Pamlico Estuarine Study.

Frost, Cecil C., Harry E. LeGrand, Jr. and Richard E. Schneider (1990)  Regional inventory for critical natural areas, wetland ecosystems and endangered species habitats of the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine region, Phase 1.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Natural Heritage Program, Division of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment, Health & Natural Resources.

 

LeGrand, Harry E., Jr. (1990)  Natural Heritage Program list of the rare animal species of North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  Natural Heritage Program, Div. of Parks & Recreation, Dept. of Environment, Health & Natural Resources.

--- (1988)  Cedar glades on diabase outcrops:  a newly described community type.  Castanea 53(2):  168-172.

--- (1987 )  Inventory of the natural areas of Wake County, North Carolina.  Raleigh, NC:  Triangle Land Conservancy.

LeGrand, Harry and Patricia Adair Gowaty (1983)  Review of Gulls:  A Guide to Identification by P. Grant.  J. of Field Ornithology 54(2):  223-224.

Hamel, Paul B., Harry E. LeGrand, Jr., Michael R. Lennartz, and Sidney A. Gauthreaux, Jr. (1982)  Bird-habitat relationships on southeastern forest lands.  U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, General Technical Report SE-22. 

LeGrand, Harry E., Jr. (1981)  Review of Migration of Birds by F.C. Lincoln and S.R. Peterson.  J. of Field Ornithology 52(1):  93.

--- (1981)  Review of Birds of the Carolinas by Eloise F. Potter, James F. Parnell and Robert P. Teulings.  The Auk 98(3):  648-650.

--- (1981)  The relationship of the nocturnal bird migration to the diurnal bird populations in spring and fall in northwestern South Carolina.  Clemson, South Carolina:  Ph.D. Thesis, Clemson University.

WEBSITES:
LeGrand, Harry, John Haire, Ali Iyoob, and Tom Howard. 
Birds of North Carolina:  their Distribution and Abundance.
LeGrand, Harry and Tom Howard. 
The Butterflies of North Carolina.
LeGrand, Harry, Ed Corey and Tom Howard. 
The Dragonflies and Damselflies of North Carolina.

 


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Last Updated: 17 December 2012