All the rain in recent days, weeks and months is great for lichens. While there are few wildflowers, the lichens, mosses and liverworts love all the rain. It's one of the major ways they can get water in Albemarle County and at the Ivy Creek Natural Area. When you walk the trails in the woods keep an eye out for the color changes on rocks, trees and on the ground. To learn more check out this forest service link: https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/beauty/lichens/
Starr Hill Brewery in Crozet has designated Ivy Creek Foundation as their charity for the month of June, so for every pint sold ICF receives a donation! We are hosting a kickoff party on Friday, June 1, at the brewery. Please join us at 6 pm for some fun and to enjoy some great local beer for a wonderful cause.
Also, mark your calendars - Saturday, June 9, from 12-9 is the IPA JamBEERee at Starr Hill. ICF will be there too enjoying the festivities and tabling out front. Come join us!
The brewery address is:
5391 Three Notched Rd
Crozet, VA 22932
There is plenty of parking next to the brewery and across the street.
Hope to see you there,
The kiosk contains maps, history and a calendar of events. Usually it is families and individuals checking it out. Then they're off onto the trails. Yesterday, a snapping turtle came walking by. Don't worry, he's a lifetime member of the foundation.
It's not unusual to find signs of snake activity in the barn, especially black rat snakes. Occasionally we'll even spot one. Recently on a quiet, warm Sunday afternoon the first group of visitors saw a young black snake checking out our bird nest display, no doubt practicing for later with real ones. Then after those visitors left, a family with two children came walking to the barn following a very large black snake who was following a smaller black snake traveling the pavement in front of the barn. They disappeared in the high grass. Later still two black rat snakes of the same size did a "dance" of neck touching before retreating into the closet under the stairs.
In case you missed it here's a link to the Daily Progress article on Tom Dierauf from January 3, 2018 by Bryan McKenzie. http://www.dailyprogress.com/news/local/distinguished-dozen-dierauf-extends-his-love-of-nature-with-the/article_05ebad24-f0cc-11e7-8529-b78c0847263b.html
Steve Thompson happened upon this 2015 book by Paul S. Sutter, Environmental History professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Though about land use history and erosion in Georgia, he credits ICNA and the agricultural history of River View Farm with inspiration in the book's Acknowledgements section (pp. xiii-xiv). Sutter was the first post-doctoral fellow in Uva's History of Technology and Environment Program, 1997-2000. Much of the book, including the Acknowledgements, can be previewed on Google Books: http://tinyurl.com/y86mg7a2
If you use Amazon for your online shopping consider using Ivy Creek Foundation as your Amazon Smile charity. Then 0.5% of every Amazon purchase will go to Ivy Creek Foundation.
Story mapping can use maps as a foundation to pull in the stories of a place, whether those stories are oral, written or pictoral. Erik Irtenkauf, is creating and has created story maps of the Carr-Greer families and the surrounding communities. He is sharing them with us through the website at https://ivycreek.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html. Please check them out and enjoy.
At our last Ivy Talks lecture of 2017, the foundation presented a gorgeous painting of plants by Lara Call Gastinger to Warren Byrd and Sue Nelson. This was a partial thank you for the Landscape Improvement Plan they prepared in 2016 for the Ivy Creek Natural Area.
Yesterday's tree walk program was accompanied by cool temperatures and a continuous mist of rain. We also spotted some very cold but wet insects like this katydid.