Hikes

September Bumble Bee Challenge!

The Bumble Bee Challenge is back! We took a month off from prizes in August, but for September we have a special prize from local ceramic artist Laurie Caffery. This month, the citizen scientist that submits the most locations for Bumble Bee observations will win a pair of handmade mugs featuring the elusive Rusty Patched…

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Sandstone Glade Exploration, Bankhead National Forest, August 25

Corinth Glade, Bankhead National Forest Saturday, August 25 8:35 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-9744-6166. Leader and teacher:  Kevin England, botanist and Wild South volunteer Distance:  The several-acre glade site is located on the road so this is technically not a hike.  We will…

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Bumble Bee Blitz!!

All summer we’ve been searching and searching for the ever elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and now is the time to really ramp up our efforts! Why, you ask? Well, as you may know, the defining characteristic  of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees is the brown patch that is apparent on its abdomen. Queen Rusty Patches don’t…

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Trip Report: Sam’s Gap – August 6, 2018

Wild South staff and three dedicated citizen scientists arrived at the surprisingly crowded trailhead just off I-26 for the Appalachian Trail at 8:30. We were all eager to get onto the trail and search for the elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee at a site that is the pinnacle of pollinator habitat. Sam’s Gap is home…

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Laid-back hike in Bankhead National Forest, August 4

Join Wild South staff for a short, fairly easy nature hike in the Bankhead National Forest Saturday, August 4 9:30 a.m. at the Wild South office at 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166. This hike is full but contact us to get on the waiting list. Destination:  Sipsey Recreation Area…

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Hike in the Bankhead National Forest, July 28

Wild South hike in the Bankhead National Forest Saturday, July 28 9:00 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166.  Advance registration is required in order to limit group size.  Include your phone number, please. Destination:  Caney Creek Falls Leader:  Janice Barrett Distance: Approx. 3.5 miles…

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Trip Report: Mt. Mitchell Bumble Bee Search – June 30, 2018

The Deep Gap Trail in Mount Mitchell State Park has it all, from breathtaking views to breathtaking altitude. Starting at the highest peak in the United States East of the Mississippi and winding its way up and down an assortment of ridges and gaps, this trail can be tough. Luckily, the Citizen Scientists involved in…

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July Bumble Bee Challenge!

Another month, another Bumble Bee Challenge! This month we are awarding a prize to the Citizen Scientist with the most species uploaded to iNaturalist in the month of July. Remember, everyone is starting with a clean slate so if you haven’t uploaded any photos yet, now is your chance to get involved and take home a Double Nest…

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Trip Report: Roan Mountain Balds – June 17, 2018

Our Search for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee continued on Sunday, June 17th on the beautiful balds of Roan Mountain along the North Carolina/Tennessee border. The Rhododendrons were in full bloom, and the Rhododendron festival was in full swing attracting hundreds of visitors and thousands of pollinators to the flowers that the festival is based…

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