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Center for Biodiversity Studies
The James F. Matthews Center for Biodiversity Studies (CBS) is located at Reedy Creek Nature Center.  At CBS you will find scientists hard at work studying the plant and animal life of the Piedmont region.  The CBS houses a wonderful natural history collection, documenting the unique plants and animals that occur in our area. 
CBS is part of the Natural Resources Section of Park and Recreation, and the studies at CBS are supported by the field activities and collections of the Natural Resources team.  Our namesake, Dr. James F. Matthews, Professor Emeritus of Biology at UNC Charlotte, continues to contribute to knowledge of the natural history of the Piedmont as regular volunteer at CBS.
We’re available to answer questions about plant and animal life in the Piedmont of North and South Carolina.  Also, if you have plants or animals that you would like to have identified, please contact us. We’d love to have you bring them in! Please be sure to make an appointment as we also do fieldwork and may not always be in to assist you. For appointments, please send us an email at or call (704) 432-6458. Next time you’re at Reedy Creek, stop in to say hello – we also welcome questions without appointments, as long as we’re in!

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N.C. State University Plant Identification Center

The University of North Carolina Herbarium

U.S. Southeast Flora Atlas


North Carolina Natural Heritage Program

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Schiele Museum of Natural history

Charlotte Wilderness



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