Mt Rogers Naturalist Rally May 7-8

Have your children EVER held a salamander in their hands?

The Friday Night Program this year will describe the plight of the Appalachian salamanders–particularly those of Rogers-Whitetop (as part of the larger threat to amphibians world-wide) and promises to be an outstanding program by Kevin Hamed after the usual exceptional chicken dinner at the Konnarock Community Center. You can read all about it at the web site.

Saturday field trips include some of the standard favorites, and also several marked as NEW that are worthy of consideration. Give the list a look.  Deciding will be a tough decision this year, as usual.

If you plan to go for the Friday meal, do send in the registration form with your $10 (and $5 per person for the field trips). Camping at Grindstone Campground is first-come, but there are usually plenty of private places for those who want to “rough it.” I usually sleep in the back of the Subaru.

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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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