Though there was a forecast for rain, twelve of us went for a walk at the northern end of the Refuge and experienced gorgeous weather. We did not see too many birds, but it was a beautiful place for a walk and we did get a chance to explore the growing characteristics of young long leaf pine trees, see a few carnivorous flowering plants and try out our ability to spot small moving wintering birds! We also learned how to identify Ant Lion holes and how to entice them out of their holes, thanks to Bill Rucker's childhood learning experiences!
Thanks to Ed DeHaan for the group photo!
On Thursday, January 19, the Friends are planning another bioblitz, again focusing on the Tram Ridge and River trails in the refuge headquarters area. We will meet at 12:30 in the Environmental Education building (modular building on the right side of the driveway near the log cabin) and plan to be in the field by 12:45. We will be finished by 3:00.
Those who are participating and also attending the Friends Board of Directors meeting will bring along picnic lunches to have after the meeting ends. All are welcome, whether attending the board meeting or not.
We will be attempting to record all the species we observe, but will have a special focus on insect life. Entomologist and future Board member Dan Kline will be bringing along and demonstrating some specialized sampling equipment and helping us to identify what we find. If you are capable of macro photography, be sure to bring your gear along.