The TN Naturalists@Ijams class of 2017 held five hours of outdoor workshops yesterday. The first focused on invertebrates, primarily arthropods: insects, spiders and their ilk.
After a break for lunch, we turned to aquatic life. First dip-netting at a pond on the original Ijams Homesite then wading a length of Toll Creek looking for, well, anything alive.
Some of the interesting finds of the day were a leech, crane fly larvae, caddisfly larva, soldier fly larva, dragonfly larvae, crawdads, newt nymphs, tadpoles and everyone's favorite damselfly--the ebony jewelwing. The most common fish on Toll Creek seemed to be blacknose dace.
Ijams gives adults permission to be 10-year-olds playing in the creek again. Ijams naturalists Christie and Stephen Lyn hosted the workshops.
TN Naturalists@Ijams is a series of 12 classes taught from March to November. Next up for the group will be fungi in September.
Registration for the class of 2018 will begin soon.
|Ebony jewelwing damselfly|