Category Archive: Ecology

Slickrock Creek 4/20/14

This morning, my family and I went on a walk led by two naturalists at the Snowbird Mountain Lodge in North Carolina while we are away for Easter break. The walk took place… Continue reading

A Salamander Surprise

Yesterday (3/9/14), I stopped in at the nature center to walk my dog with my Dad, but not without my binoculars and camera, of course! At one point on the trail, my dad… Continue reading

Stone Mountain 3/8/14

Saturday afternoon (after my Noonday Creek Trail walk), my family and I took a trip to hike up Stone Mountain. While sparse along the public part of the mountain due to excessive walking,… Continue reading

Sewanee Field Adventure Part 5: Cool Caving (100th Post!!!)

The second Monday morning of the camp, the group went caving with the cave biology professor. We learned about the difference between troglobionts – organisms that spend their whole lives in caves, and… Continue reading

Two-lined Froghopper

Forming the superfamily Cercopoidea, Froghoppers are tiny insects that have made their mark with the saliva-like substance left by nymphs that stick to plants. This substance earned the nymph form the name “Spittlebug.”… Continue reading

Violet Wood-Sorrel: Showy and Smart

Violet Wood-Sorrel – Oxalis Violacea. This spectacular flower colored with a vibrant shade of pinkish-purple grows in river bluff forests and beside streams. The flowers stand seven inches above the forest floor and… Continue reading

A Mycological Paradox

I recently found some small red fungi growing straight out of the ground surrounded by flies in the leaf litter in my backyard. I had absolutely no clue what it was. It was… Continue reading

Taking a Likin’ to Lichen

Sure there are loads of people who love to admire all sorts of animals, plants and rocks and minerals and things of that nature and that is fantastic, but how many people do… Continue reading

The Lazy American Oystercatcher

     The American Oystercatcher is one of three species of Oystercatcher that live in North America.  It is a fairly large shorebird with a long, flat, red bill, a black head and… Continue reading

The Stubborn Red-cockaded Woodpecker

I just recently saw a really cool new lifer, the endangered Red-Cockaded Woodpecker.  We found this bird in a forest containing strictly Longleaf Pine trees(with a few Slash and Loblolly Pines) maintained by… Continue reading