Field Survey LbNA # 20559
|Placed Date||Feb 24 2006|
Last checked/found: 17-MAR-12
Time: 60 - 90 minutes
Terrain: Easy to moderate (some hiking involved)
Fees: There is a day use fee of $5 per car. As of 2006 annual county park stickers can currently be purchased for $25 (residents) and $36 (out of county residents).
Comments: Be aware that in winter, there is considerable cross country skiing going on. If there is snow, it is good etiquette for hikers to stay off the groomed trails and walk on the sides.
Updates: I have a communique from the good professor. He tells me that when he located all these good spots for specimen hunting that the trails were a lot simpler to locate and follow. Apparently late summer hunting reveals a lot of choices he did not see in winter when he checked the area out. So he wants folks to be alert if hunting without him. More updates to follow.
Good day class. I am all glad you were able to join me for our first field survey here at karP hatohsaN. I see everyone was able to find parking area 2 without delay…..except for you there, Martini. Anyway our task today is to collect four field specimens of our current body of study in Advanced Biology. Does anyone remember what that is? Ah, yes, Nilchian, correct. It is amphibians.
Now the path we shall take leads us in a counterclockwise manner around a lake whose name is directly related to the genus Gramineae. Most curious. Let’s begin our search.
We will start by taking this path heading westerly with the red and green markings on the post. What’s that at the end of the small hill? It’s just a sign indicating that we will not be using a boat to get the specimens. Let’s continue west for a while.
Here’s an intersection. No, Mussman, we continue heading west through this intersection. I have led countless classes here and know where the good spots are.
Isn’t that a nice stand of birch to our left?
Now let’s check out that stone pillar on our right. Anything there, Hess? Drat, but wait! Let’s look in those rotted log further up the trail on the right. Here we are! A dramatic example of how the Rana catesbeiana can get around. Let’s collect him nice and proper and move on.
Those birch on the right look a bit malnourished. Let’s stay on the green trail between the lake and the road as we move from west to south.
This is the equipment barn where we keep some of our more bulky collection machines. But we will not require them today. See the nature trail sign up ahead? I am sure that there should be some good specimens in there.
Take a left up there, Paganis. After turning in,stay left and keep a look out for a picnic table. Hey there! Keep heading east to the lake. OK, just keep walking until we come to a T junction. We will need to go on a minor trail on the left here to find the point into the lake I have on my mind. Now follow the shoreline to the north point. There, I see a tree with a broken limb down by the bay. Let’s see what we can find. Take a look inside the fallen limb by the tree. What’s that you have there, Mortari? Perfect! What a beautiful Ambystoma tigrinum we have! Now let’s return to the trail up and over the hill. Renfield, head south when we rejoin the nature trail.
My goodness, this can get confusing. We are swinging back to the west. Marconi, take that trail to the south that goes thru the field up into the trees.
Is that a red #15 there? Good, then I know where we are. Continue up that hill. We should pass several red numbers up to, I think, 22.
Ah, we’re at an intersection. Tannehill, take the southwest approach. When I had my compass, I believe the bearing was at 145 degrees. We should pass quite a few green numbers
Where are we now? I thought we were just at green 15. Oh, is that a green 20? Hmmm, we are getting to more than half done and only half of the specimens we need. Oh, wait. Foucault, check in that fallen log up the hill on the left. That’s right, in the middle. Oh, beautiful. He’s a wriggly little Thamnophis butleri! Now let’s proceed on that ridge at 160 degrees. If my memory serves me well, we should rejoin the main green path.
Ah, yes, here we are. Ladies and gentlemen, proceed at 80 degrees left at the fork in the path. That should take us a ways on the tan path. What’s that you say? Another Y? Stay to the left.
My goodness, I did not remember how these little hills in here rolled up and down. Never mind that table. We have no time to sit about. We need to get these specimens back to the lab! And stop looking at that map! I know where I am.
Here we are at the bottom of a hill and beginning an ascent. Hmmm…..look at that large log on the right about 10 steps off the trail. Is there anything inside it, Fenton? Oh yes! Look at that. You just pack that fine Chrysemys picta belli for the lab! Now let’s take this route further north. We should reach the intersection where I admonished Mussman. We head east there for our vehicles. See you back at the lab!