We have lots of potential activities in the works, a few include:
* camping Fri & Sat nights
* spending time at the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge. They are the only place in KS where Swamp White Oak are known to occur. It has some state protected amphibians and reptiles including the central newt, broad-headed skink, and smooth earth snake. They are also restoring shrub land for migratory song birds like bell’s vireo and the yellow-breasted chat.
* could learn about the Refuge’s bottom land reforestation efforts with the “Go Zero” carbon sequestration program, management of forest resources and endemic and protected flora and fauna, their diverse mussel beds (31 different species!), upland glade habitats and pollinators, a heron rookery, etc…
* potentially seining for Notophthalamus viridescens newts, setting turtle traps, learning tips about taking students out herping
We hope to see you there!
Your hosts, Eric Kessler, Chris Ollig and Kelley Tuel