Saturday, July 26, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
For more information on the Wooly Adelgid, please visit www.MtnLakeConservancy.org- click on the Research tab- Forests.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
As we turned back to view the snake again she assumed a defensive posture - we did not get close enough to encourage her to rattle - snapped a couple pix with the cell phone and went on our way.
Beautiful snake and a neat experience for our guests.
In over 15 years of mountain biking, this was the second rattlesnake I have seen. Pretty amazing!
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
... our recreation staff really shines, I am very proud of their accomplishments this summer.
The past week was a rich one for me from a wild life encounter standpoint. Wednesday evening while returning across the ridge near the end of an out and back mountain bike ride I heard a loud and heavy sound above me - as I looked up I saw a large black bear in a white oak tree sliding down and shredding the bark and small branches as she came down. Only 30' away and in a real hurry, she hit the ground and charged off down over the side of the mountain. Very exciting!
Friday a large rattlesnake was found by my rec staff taking a nap across the width of Indian Trail - I am awaiting pix of this one. First rattler spotted this year that I know of - glad I didn't see it!
Saturday I had some trees to clear on Bald Knob Trail and as I climbed the steep and rugged trail I paused to strap on my kevlar chaps and heard the sounds of a turkey hen somewhere close. I looked up the trail and only 20 yards away I could see through the veiling fog a mother hen and her flock moving through the ferns. I stayed very still and watched them for about fifteen minutes before they eased on out of sight.
This morning we saw twin fawns as they awoke from a nap and spent the rest of the early afternoon watching three humming birds challenge for space at the feeder. Great stuff, I love summer in Virginia.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
As you probably know if you have been keeping up with things here on the mountain, our lake has suffered from the drought experienced in our region over the past few years. Tom McAvoy of the Department of Entomology at Virginia Tech has been keeping track of our lake levels and has just sent us the following update:
Lake is 45' below full:
Date Feet below full pond % Full
10/1/2005 0 100
12/19/2007 -36 69
1/21/2008 -36 69
3/5/2008 -40 66
3/18/2008 -40 66
4/8/2008 -41 65
6/26/2008 -45 62
In other news...
We will be celebrating July 4th with fireworks on Friday night - be sure to come!