Ijams staff members Dr. Louise Conrad and Rex McDaniel
Thank you to all who joined Ijams for our recent sunset picnic at Chota, the Cherokee Peace Town. The site is sacrosanct and spiritual. It remains as it was to the Native Americans so long ago, a place of peace.
We visited the Memorial and paid our respects at the grave of Oconastota, the great Cherokee Warrior Chief who died of old age at Chota in 1783.
Our group also hoped to hear male Chuck-will's-widows and whip-poor-wills calling in the twilight. Both are possible.
In the end, we heard only Chucks, and ironically the closest was in the parking lot where our picnic began.
In the dark, Jason Dykes made an audio recording of that one greeting us as we arrived back at our cars guided by our flashlights. Click: Jason's chuck.
Thank you, Amy and Jimmy for providing the picnic!
- Stephen Lyn Bales