. Steve Leitkam, retired aquatic botanist with the Pennsylvania EPA, presented Critters From My Backyard Jungle. Years ago, while working on a new business card design, Steve came up with the following blurb in an attempt to summarize a particular factor regarding his passion for nature: “Seeking out the often overlooked. Be amazed at what’s out there.” And truth be told, years later he still finds himself being amazed on a relatively regular basis; often in his own backyard. There are so many really cool things all around us that most people are completely unaware of. And often, with those sorts of things, he’s like a kid in a candy shop. Steve’s extremely close-up photos of insects, ie beetles, aphids, leafhoppers, ants, wasps and various nymph instars, showed us a view of these tiny animals that few of us have ever seen.
This was the last meeting of the season. See you on the trails this summer and back at Fern Hollow in September.
Constant companion, Cookie.
13 people attended the walk on a 65 degree, partly sunny day. We saw 51 species of flowers in bloom and 34 birds. Only two butterflies: Cabbage White and E. Tiger Swallowtail. See the whole list here.
Paul and Pam
Kim and Melissa
Long Spur Violet
Grandiflora Trilliums covered the woodland floor
Checking out the partridge berry and wintergreen
About 15 folks attended this walk led by Judy Stark. After snow the previous week we were treated with a sunny and warm day. We walked the road on the forested hill behind the Maple Syrup buildings and back around the lake. We saw about a dozen flowering plants, Bloodroot being the most prolific. (Photos by: Judy Stark)
Here is the list:
Virginia spring beauty
Kim searches Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide
Sharp lobed hepatica
Virginia Spring Beauty