Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 20

A Week of Wonder

What happens when you take 12 students and immerse them into a new habitat in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina? The experience of a life time. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but no picture taken throughout this week could truly capture the sights, sounds, thoughts, or feelings that were experienced. …

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May 18

Day 5 – Fauna at the Falls

Today was a great day in the mountains of Western North Carolina. The day started off with a visit to the Western North Carolina Nature Center. This center is home to species native to western North Carolina. The center had many species that we have not been able to see in the wild, such as …

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May 18

Day 5 – Seeing, Hearing, and Handling the Wildlife

Today, we started out at the Western North Carolina Nature Center. There they had species native to North Carolina. My favorite animal that I got to see was the grey wolf. I did not realize how big these wolves actually are until today. They are beautiful animals; there was a white one and a grey …

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May 17

Day 4 – A Great Experience

Day 4 of the field biology trip was excellent! Our first stop was the YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly where we found more newts, blue gill fish, a water scorpion, and a bullfrog tadpole. Next, we went to Chimney Rock Park and hiked up Chimney Rock to Exclamation Point – the view was amazing! We also …

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May 17

Day 4 – Fun on the Field Biology Trip

Day #4 with the BC field biology crew! Today was a change in pace from yesterday. We spent the day at Chimney Rock where we did a lot of hiking and stair climbing! Chimney Rock Park has a lot of stairs to help you get to the summit and then continue to what is called …

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May 16

Day 3 – Creatures of the Mountains

Today, we really enjoyed ourselves here at Blue Ridge Parkway. It was a different pace than yesterday’s activities, which I’m sure everyone appreciated! We started the day off at the Folk Art Center where we viewed a bunch of cool craft work. From there, we took a long ride up Blue Ridge where, on the …

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May 16

Day 3 – Mt. Mitchell and Curtis Creek

Today was day 3 in the Appalachian Mountains, and we visited Mt. Mitchell. This was a very cool experience because Mt. Mitchell happens to be the largest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The name of the mountain has a story to go along with it. It was named after Elisha Mitchell who died trying …

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May 15

Day 2 – Bugs, Plants, and Beautiful Scenery

Today was very productive and interesting. We saw many animals such as salamanders, frogs, bugs, snails, elk, and wild turkeys. We also found many plants such as ferns, hobble bush, and blueberries. We did a lot of hiking and saw waterfalls and beautiful mountains. I learned so much in one day and took pictures that …

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May 15

Day 2 – Strenuous but Educational

Today, we spent the day exploring the area around Black Mountain. We saw a bog and a cove and did lots of hiking. We heard a lot of birds today which were identified by their calls. We learned about many more plants like squaw root and rock tripe (which, by the way, if you get …

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May 14

Day 2 – Helpful and Harmful Plants

Today we went hiking in the Appalachians. It was 2 miles uphill and 2 miles down. We started on the Azalea Trail heading up and on the way back we took the Blue Ridge Trail. I thought the hiking was not extensive, though I found myself yawning a lot and breathing more deeply. Driving up …

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