The visitors five adults and one child , proved to be hearty souls that braved the circumstances in hopes of seeing Alligator River Wildlife. Alas it was not meant to be , we sighted a few turtles, a turkey , but no bears . The farmers were at work in the fields where the bears tend to roam and so Mama Bear kept the kids home.
But the Botanicals on the wild side decided to show themselves far and wide. The Ferns were in fine fiddlehead stages ...different plants in different gauges. The feathery Bracken Fern, and the robust Chain Fern (see pictures below)
But the star of the day was the Blue Swamp Flag...there were many bogs of leaves but only one was showing color ...such pretty wild flowers to view on a blustery day. http://plants.usda.gov/plantguide/pdf/cs_irvi.pdf Blue Flag
There were animal tracks to be seen...bobcat...raccoon ....Ms. Cindy Rader Heffley concurred.
|Cindy Rader Heffley pointing to a Bobcat track|
|Trumpet Honeysuckle||Trumpet Honeysuckle a favorite of Hummingbirds http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=LOSE|
|Loblolly pine new growth|
|Eiddle Head Stage of new ferns ...so called for the resemblance of the leaf before it unfurls of a violin or fiddle head|
|ferns in Fiddlehead stage|
|Local Eastern Paint Turtles http://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2723&q=475292|
|Yellow Belly Sliderhttp://nas.er.usgs.gov/queries/factsheet.aspx?SpeciesID=1262|
|Bob Glennon Refuge Volunteer|
|Talking about the wildlife refuge and its uniqueness|
|Farmers working the fields kept Mama Bear at home|