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Date

April 24, 2008

Description

Wisteria was in full fragrant bloom at the Virginia Tech Horticulture Gardens on April 24, 2008

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What

Virginia Creeper Parthenocissus quinquefolia

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 3, 2008

Description

Virginia Creeper (which actually appears on the State Seal and State Flag of Virginia) in my backyard.

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Wild Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) Meleagris gallopavo

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 10, 2008

Description

Three wild turkeys crossed the Appalachian Trail near Rocky Gap

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What

Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) Cathartes aura

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 22, 2008

Description

Two black vultures and a turkey buzzard were hanging out on a fence on Tom's Creek Road near the Deerfield Bike Path

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Black Vulture (Coragyps atratus) Coragyps atratus

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 22, 2008

Description

Two black vultures and a turkey buzzard were hanging out on a fence on Tom's Creek Road near the Deerfield Bike Path.

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Pinkster Flower Rhododendron periclymenoides

Observer

TGAW

Date

April 27, 2008

Description

At the lower elevations of the Appalachian Trail, we saw a single pink Azalea bloom on April 27, 2008

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What

Pinkster Flower Rhododendron periclymenoides

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 10, 2008

Description

On May 10, 2008, the Appalachian Trail's Rocky Gap had pink azaleas in full bloom.

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white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

TGAW

Date

April 16, 2008

Description

Saw a number of deer hanging out in the field to the left of Sunshine Farm Lane around dusk

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white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

TGAW

Date

July 7, 2008

Description

Saw a doe with THREE babies walking on Plank Road.

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Notophthalmus viridescens subsp. viridescens Notophthalmus viridescens

Observer

TGAW

Date

November 12, 2008

Description

When looking at dry Mountain Lake, saw an adult Red Spotted Newt swimming in some of the remaining puddles.

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What

Notophthalmus viridescens subsp. viridescens Notophthalmus viridescens

Observer

TGAW

Date

September 6, 2008

Description

After hiking to Signal Knob in Tropic Storm Hanna, we ran across a Red Spotted Newt in its Red Eft terrestrial stage on the Tuscarora Trail. He was pretty lethargic because of the cold.

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Ardea herodias subsp. herodias Ardea herodias

Observer

TGAW

Date

June 20, 2008

Description

Off the Canal Walk in Richmond, Virginia, spied a blue heron

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What

Ardea herodias subsp. herodias Ardea herodias

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

Saw about a dozen herons at Lake Ridge Park while rowing.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

May 21, 2008

Description

The Mountain Laurel on the Prickley Pear Trail at Poverty Creek (outside of Blacksburg, VA) was just starting to bloom on May 21, 2008

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Observer

TGAW

Date

April 24, 2008

Description

At first I thought this little guy was a woodpecker as he hopped from tree to tree, pecking at the bark.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

April 27, 2008

Description

The beautiful bell-shaped white flowers were in full bloom at the top of the Appalachian Trail's McAfee's Knob on April 27, 2008

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Observer

TGAW

Date

April 16, 2008

Description

The leaves looked suspiciously like Mountain Laurel, but the flowers revealed to be something else! The little group of bell shaped flowers were blooming in mid-April.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

December 7, 2008

Description

Merchant's Millpond is home to a large popular of Bald Cypress Trees which house Spanish Moss.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

August 23, 2008

Description

On the Cape Henry Trail in First Landing State Park (formerly Seashore State Park), there is a stunning display of Spanish Moss

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What

Mountain Laurel Kalmia latifolia

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 25, 2008

Description

Along the shores of Lake Ridge in Northern Virginia, the presence of Mountain Laurel surprised me and it was blooming.

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Catawba rhododendron Rhododendron catawbiense

Observer

TGAW

Date

June 8, 2008

Description

On June 8, 2008, the rhododendron blooms at Mount Rogers National Recreation Area were just about to peak. The hillsides were dusted with pink and a lot of dark pink buds were prevalent. A number of the bushes just started to open.

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What

Wollemi Pine Wollemia nobilis

Observer

TGAW

Date

November 16, 2008

Description

The oldest known fossil of Wthe ollemia genus dates back to 90 million years ago, but since the most recent fossil is a mere 2 million years old, it was assumed this sect of pines were extinct. Then in 1994, David Noble found some hiking in Australia.

One of the oldest and rarest trees in the world, this specimen of Wollemi Pine is growing at the Amsterdam Botanical Gardens

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Observer

TGAW

Date

May 1, 2008

Description

On the Appalachian Trail, slightly northbound of Keffer Oak, there are mayapples. When I spotted them on May 1, 2008, you could see buds underneath the broad umbrella leaf, but no blooms yet.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

May 16, 2008

Description

On the Appalachian Trail, just Southbound of the VA-601 road crossing, I saw a little patch of mayapples which were infected by an orange fungus. I did not see any white blooms.

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What

Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

Observer

TGAW

Date

June 4, 2008

Description

Walking along a trail at the Frisbee Golf Course in Christiansburg, Virginia, I spotted a really tall Mayapple and took a picture with my cellphone. It was in bloom.

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Mayapple Podophyllum peltatum

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 2, 2008

Description

Mayapples, with their single white flower hidden under a broad leaf umbrella, were blooming in my backyard

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What

American Beautyberry Callicarpa americana

Observer

TGAW

Date

November 9, 2008

Description

The trails at Dismal Swamp State Park right on the Virginia and North Carolina border were prominent with the bright purple berries of American Beautyberry.

We squished a few and were surprised to see they are white inside and have very little odor.

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Observer

TGAW

Date

October 8, 2008

Description

On the property of The Home Place in Catawba, Virginia, stands a Chinese Chestnut. Since the Chestnut blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) originated from Asia with the Chinese Chestnut, the two species evolved together allowing the Chinese Chestnut to develop a resistance to the fungus.

WIth this observation, I can add the sense of taste. I ate one of the chestnuts. It was delicious!

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Observer

TGAW

Date

May 21, 2008

Description

Right at the trailhead of the Prickly Pear Trail at Poverty Creek, there is an example of the perseverance of the American Chestnut. As the blight fungus (Cryphonectria parasitica) attacks the main trunk causing it to crack and canker, new shoots for the stressed tree spring up from the roots. Those shoots will grow and get larger until one day they will be overcome by the blight as well.

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American Chestnut Castanea dentata

Observer

TGAW

Date

May 10, 2008

Description

A number of young American Chestnuts grow on the Appalachian Trail at Rocky Gap. (Southbound from VA-601). None are very old or large enough to participate in the breeding program for the American Chestnut Foundation.

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