Sewanee Field Adventure Part 4: Rainy Hike to Fiery Gizzard

Saturday July 6th the group took a trip to Foster Falls first and then embarked upon a three-mile hike to a place close to campus called Fiery Gizzard. It rained the whole hike, which was a bummer, but I still enjoyed getting out of the dorm and seeing nature! Because it had been raining for 7 days in a row, Foster Falls was huge and the water in the creek along the hike was extremely high and traveling extremely fast. The rain also caused the birds to keep quiet and in hiding so I did not see or hear one bird on the whole hike. Much of the forest floor along the hike was covered with Indian Cucumber Root and the majority of the trees were Eastern Hemlocks. Therefore, the species diversity was not quite as high as it was in Shakerag Hollow, but I still managed to add a few species to the trip list. Here are the new species I added to the list:

Trees (1 species, 0 lifers):

Bigleaf Magnolia

Wildflowers (1 species, 1 lifer):

*Common Sneezeweed

Ferns (1 species, 1 lifer):

*New York Fern

Exotic Invasives (1 species, 0 lifers):

Japanese Honeysuckle

Lichens (2 species, 1 lifer):

Candleflame Lichen

*Usnea strigosa




Indian Cucumber Root


The first observation needed to identify a New York Fern: it is a runner and covers large areas


The second observation needed to identify a New York Fern: the frond tapers at both ends