Mount Rogers Rally May 6-7

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If you are planning to attend this year’s Mount Rogers naturalist rally on May 6 and 7, hopefully you have sent in your registration for the Friday evening meal.

I have the feeling that this year’s attendance will set new records——especially if the weather cooperates——and if you’ve never been before, this would be a great time to take your children and some of their  friends for a nature—centered weekend among experts and amateurs in one of the most beautiful and  biologically—interesting parts of Southwest Virginia.

I am pleased to find that I will be able to crudely hold my Nikon D 200 in my casted left hand. It won’t be  pretty, but it will be possible! I’m also very happy that a local Floyd friend has offered us the use of his  vintage Volkswagen bus, since the idea of sleeping in a sleeping bag or the back of a car with this sarcophagus on my arm was not a happy thought.

And just a reminder for those of you who might be able to come to Blacksburg library tomorrow night at seven o’clock. I will be there with my digital multimedia program, and hope to see you there.

 

 

 

 

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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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