Donna Thalacker here: John and I will be heading north soon, but I look forward to one more nature walk in the refuge! We will walk on the new trail, one that was once a tram trail for logging in what is now the Refuge. It is a beautiful trail that is about 2 1/2 miles in length along a rough track, not a logging road. About a third of the walk is amongst scrub oaks and a wonderful place to see birds. I was on the trail last week and the pawpaws and sparkleberries are blooming and I saw an area with some pink orchids in bloom.
The forecast for Thursday is "ok". There is a chance for rain. If it is raining, we will not go on the walk. I would like to make a change in the time. Meet me at the town park parking lot at 8am or at the parking lot at the River Trail near refuge headquarters at 8:30. It is warmer now and i think we will be more comfortable if the walk is before the heat of the day.
Thank you, Frank Morgan, for the fabulous White-eyed Vireo picture!