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Autumn at Ijams

Autumn at Ijams
Ijams Visitor Center

Friday, November 21, 2014

TN Naturalists @ Ijams get down to the rock and the roll

TN Naturalist @ Ijams class of 2014 at exposed outcropping of 
Chapman Ridge formation


The TN Naturalist @ Ijams class of 2014 got down to the rock and the roll of the Ridge and Valley, our geologic province.


After we went over the basics of geology indoors, the class walked from the west end of Ijams to the east, covering four different rock formations along the way (all sedimentary, as it is everywhere in the valley). The four formations of exposed bedrock at Ijams are Ottosee (shale), Chapman Ridge (sandstone), Holston (crystalline limestone) and Lenior (silty limestone). 

The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams is 20 hours of naturalist classes covering a wide range of topics plus 20 hours of volunteer work.  

The classes begin in March and wrap up in November. We are already taking registration for 2015. To register call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114. (She needs your name, phone number and email address.)


- Stephen Lyn Bales.


Chapman Ridge formation originally deposited roughly 450 million years ago.


Cave on boardwalk illustrates karst topography of caves and sinkholes
The geologic fold and faulting occurred roughly 250 million years ago
Chunk of crystalline limestone, part of the Holston Formation
Chunk of shale, part of the Ottosee Formation
At exposed section of Lenior Formation
Silty, crumbly limestone from the Lenior Formation
End of a long afternoon

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Volunteer to take a Humane Society dog for a walk at Ijams

Chester needs a morning outing

One of the volunteer programs at The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is the opportunity to take a dog out for a hike or run any day of the week. 

Volunteers pick an adult dog up at 9 a.m. and return them by noon. The Humane Society provides the leash and encourages volunteers to go to Ijams for a jog/hike/run. It offers the Humane Society's shelter dogs a much needed break from the shelter. It has also proven to be quite therapeutic for the volunteers as well!

For more information call 573-9674. The Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley is located at 6717 Kingston Pike (on Bearden Hill).


Both the Humane Society and Ijams are members of Community Shares.

Friday, November 14, 2014

TN Naturalist @ Ijams class talk mammals for a day

Lynne McCoy with baby squirrels. 

It was a furry fun day for the TN Naturalist @ Ijams class of 2014.

Peg Beute taught the mammal portion of the curriculum with the help of local animal rehabilitator Lynne McCoy, who brought several of her "well care-for" critters: groundhog, opossum and baby squirrels. 

The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams is 20 hours of naturalist classes covering a wide range of topics plus 20 hours of volunteer work.  

The classes begin in March and wrap up in November. We are already taking registration for 2015. To register call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114. (She needs your name, phone number and email address.)


- Stephen Lyn Bales. Class photos by Carissa "Joe" Fairchild.


Lynne McCoy

Searching for animal tracks

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eagle scout organizes group to replace portion of boardwalk



On a recent Saturday, a 40-foot section of the historic Lotus Pond Boardwalk at the Homesite was replaced as a boy scout eagle project.  

Ijams thanks eagle scout Joe Bogle of Troop 6 for his generous donation of $500 in lumber plus $500 in labor man hours.

Park Manager, Ed Yost, oversaw the project. 

- Stephen Lyn Bales

Friday, November 7, 2014

TN Naturalists @ Ijams class get a two-for




The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams is 20 hours of naturalist classes covering a wide range of topics plus 20 hours of volunteer work.  

Recently, we did a two-for. That's two classes in one day. Peg Beute taught the fungi portion of the curriculum in the afternoon, then at 5 o'clock I took over the group for the Nocturnal Naturalist class.

Between the two, we took a break for supper at Cracker Barrel.

We conducted the nocturnal outing at Seven Islands State Birding Park because of its wide view of the night sky away from the city lights. We were also lucky to be serenaded by a family of great horned owls as the sun set. 
 
The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams classes begin in March and end in November. We are already taking registration for 2015. To register call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114. (She needs your name, phone number and email address.)

- Stephen Lyn Bales.


Monday, November 3, 2014

Trick or Treat? WBIR's Live@5@4 celebrates Halloween at Ijams


Captain America and Catwoman join forces with forest pirate Red Squirrely
to protect Ijams from Halloween tricksters


Ijams thanks WBIR's Live@5@4 for broadcasting one-hour live last Friday from Ijams to celebrate Halloween. 

Co-hosts Russell "Captain America" Biven and Beth "Catwoman" Haynes teamed up with Ijams staffers to greet kids in costume, have a little fun and watch for Halloween tricksters. 

Ijams hosted several activities and demonstrations including Good Witch’s Story Time, Spooky Moo Milkshakes, Dr. Freaky’s Flubber and Monster Make-n-Takes.

We also say thank you to reporter J.J. "Where's Waldo?" Jones, producer Lee Ann Bowman and all the other behind the scenes TV folks.

Great fun was had by all.

- Stephen Lyn Bales. Additional photos by Jill Sublett


Ijams Halloween treaters: slime making, story telling, milk shaking, monster crafting
 Check out Jenny's pink feet. So, who knew?










Tuesday, October 28, 2014

WBIR's Live@5@4 here for Halloween on Friday. Rain or shine!


Friday, October 31,
 1 - 5 p.m.
Halloween at Ijams

Rain or shine, start your trick-or-treating early at Ijams. We’ll have Halloween scavenger hunts, crafts, stories and more. We have plenty of covered places and shelter.  

WBIR’s Live@5@4 will be here with a live broadcast of their entire show! 

Come in costume and be ready for some family-friendly Halloween shenanigans! Between 4 – 5 p.m., Ijams will host several activities and demonstrations including: Good Witch’s Story Time, Spooky Moo Milkshakes, Dr. Freaky’s Flubber and Monster Make-n-Takes. No pre-registration is required, so join us for an afternoon of Halloween fun! Cute kiddos and pooches in costume may even get to be on TV!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Ijams Birding & Breakfast Club meet at Look Rock for hawks

Look Rock in the Smokies. Photo by Jimmy Tucker



A special thank you to all who attended the Ijams' Birding & Breakfast Club Hawk Watch Brunch last month at Look Rock on Chilhowee Mountain. Beautiful day, excellent view, warm camaraderie, yet, more vultures than hawks, although we were serenaded by a sprightly pine warbler.

If you could have been lucky enough to be at Look Rock with Barbara Stedman on September 19, 1981 you would have seen a tsunami of broad-wingeds riding the cold front winds southeast. Stedman tallied 5,632 in nine and a half hours. Her big day firmly set a record and established the Tennessee location as a go-to site to watch for hawks in late September.  

Our next Birding & Breakfast Club outing is Saturday, November 1. We'll venture to Cove Lake to look for migrating waterfowl: ducks, mergansers, grebes and coots. And of course, have brunch. $15 for Ijams members, $20 for non-members. To sign up call Ijams: (865) 577-4717, ext 110.  



Hawk's eye view


Click for photos of Osprey Brunch in June

Monday, October 20, 2014

Third Zombie Movie Marathon welcomed all: living, dead, undead



On October 11,  the undead once again rose for the 3rd Annual Zombie Movie Marathon out at Ijams. 

Hordes of people came to enjoy horror art, comedic acts, Thriller dancers and zombie movies. 

A special thanks goes out to Temple and WUTK radio for sponsoring this event.  Knoxville Horror Film Fest once again had a wonderful movie line up—White Zombie and Life After Beth.  A few special additions to our normal movie night were that Einstein Simplified supplied all the comedy riff tracks over the first movie and had the crowd roaring with laughter, and the amazing Greg Carney Project came out and wowed the crowds with their amazing zombie dance moves.

On top of all of that, the halls of Ijams were filled with amazing horror artists, photography, tarot card readings, ghoulish treats and more.

A fun night was had by all that attended…can’t wait until next year!

- Story by Sarah Brobst. Photos by Jill Sublett. 


Three night time Haunted Lantern Tours of Ijams are scheduled this year: Thursday, October 23; Tuesday, October 28 and Wednesday, October 29. To register call (865) 577-4717, ext. 110. 






Friday, October 17, 2014

TN Naturalist @ Ijams search for the creepy crawlies

Naturalists Josh and Deb with Argiope aurantia

The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams is 20 hours of naturalist classes covering a wide range of topics plus 20 hours of volunteer work. 

Jen Roder taught the class titled World of Invertebrates—what some call the insects and other creepy crawlies. The class is usually taught in late August when there are lots of the Arthropoda active and about, like our bountiful crop of garden spiders, a.k.a. writing spiders (Argiope aurantia) in the greenhouse. (See above photograph.)

We also had great fun scratching through the leaf litter (detritus) looking for detritivores, decomposer crawly things like millipedes that turn dead leaves into humus. 

The TN Naturalist Program @ Ijams classes begin in March and end in November. We are already taking registration for 2015. To register call Peg at (865) 577-4717, ext. 114. (She needs your name, phone number and email address.)

- Stephen Lyn Bales.