Mt. Rogers Rally Time Again!

Moss sporangia on a cool May Morning at Rogers
Moss sporangia on a cool May Morning at Rogers

Yesterday, bloodroot, yellow violet, hepatica and the usual tiny white and weedy mustards are just in bloom. In one month–even at the highest elevation in the Virginia, wildflowers will be evident in abundance.

The Mt. Rogers Naturalist Rally will be held this year May 8 and 9. You can find out the details via the link–about the Friday evening presentation on the status of hemlock damage in the eastern forest and about hemlock protection research efforts against the wooly adelgid. Also there are both morning and afternoon field trips, of course.

Also for the first time this year, on Saturday afternoon, five authors will offer a “nature writing workshop” starting at 1:00. (Yes, I’m happy to be included in this interesting event, along with Jim Minick and Rick Vannoy from Radford University and two fellas I’ve not met but looking forward to getting to know.)

If you’ve never done anything like this–and especially if you have some kids you could bring, it will be worth your time. Spend the night at a nearby campground and make it a mini-vacation! Bring your warm red jacket.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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