Aug 10, 2011
Blue Darter Dragonfly visiting pond in the Native Plant Garden. Visitors reported a Red-Tailed Hawk flying through the forest near Kettle View, just above stone staircase. At North Lookout: Two American Kestrels chasing and playing, Broad-winged and Red-tailed Hawks riding the wind right above the lookouts, and lots of Black and Turkey Vultures.
Aug 9, 2011
Slimy Salamander along Scenic Lookout Trail near Appalachian Overlooking. Missing part of his/her tail.
Aug 8, 2011
Ironweed and goldenrods are blooming. Both are important late-season sources of nectar for butterflies, especially monarchs. Please note: Goldenrod does not cause hay fever--ragweed does. Ragweed has inconspicuous flowers which aren't noticed and goldenrod gets blamed because the flowers are so showy and attractive. Global warming has also increased the potency of ragweed.
August 7, 2011
Four Walking Sticks on privies (3 green and 1 brown), and a Sharp-shinned Hawk at North Lookout. A Black-and-white Warbler at the birdfeeder pond on dead snag preening.
August 6, 2011
Broad-winged Hawk circling above canopy and calling near River of Rocks Overlook.
April 27, 2013
High flying Swallow-tailed Kite spotted at North Lookout by conservation science trainee Puan and member Joe Binder. The bird glided high above the lookout along the ridge to the northeast, showing a clear view of its sharply forked tail and long wings.