Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
|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.
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.)
Monday, October 13, 2014
|Left to right: Max, the Southside where?wolf; Crawdad Willie, crick pirate; Lord Roch Vole Téck, supreme ruler of Mars; |
Barcus, tomb raider and Frankenpine's monster
|Earth elder: the lowly millipede|
It was a hair-raising week! We spent time exploring the not-so-scary critters of the animal world, scratching in the leaves for creepy crawlies, exploring a dark cave, wading a pirate's creek, as well as inventing some of our own eerie creations in face paint. The fearsome faux "monster" was explored through crafts, costumes and more!
We were lucky (honored is too strong an acclamation) to have five visitors—guest presenters—stop by for a chat. (See above photo.)
It was a true Rogues' Gallery of not-so-monstrous monsters, pariahs, misfits and scallywags. Click each for their back stories:
• Max, the Southside Where?Wolf
• Crawdad Willie, crick pirate
• Lord Roch Vole-Téck, supreme ruler of Mars
• Barcus, archaeologist and tomb raider
• Frankenpine's monster
More highlight photos below.
- Stephen Lyn Bales
That was the monstrous fun of week 7.
For a look back on the other
seven weeks of Ijams' Nature Day Camp, click:
Friday, October 10, 2014
Migrating hummingbirds are still passing through Ijams. Currently, we have ten feeders up and routinely see the 3-gram pixies pausing for a drink, a full month after The Wonder of Hummingbirds Festival held at the nature center in late August.
Well over 1,000 people attended this year's festival and many were lucky to see Mark Armstrong, Curator of Birds at the Knoxville Zoo, put tiny numbered leg bands on captured hummers. Time will tell if they return next year after two flights across the Gulf of Mexico and their winter stay in Central America in countries like Costa Rica and Belize. Truthfully, I'm not sure I would.
This year's festival featured several guest speakers including passenger pigeon author Joel Greenberg.
Plus, we caught 34 hummers and one was already banded. It had been trapped, banded and released at last year's festival.
Here are some photos of highlights.
- Stephen Lyn Bales. Photos by Karen Wilkinson and Marion Plemons.
For more of Karen's photos click: 2014 Hummer Fest