43 people joined Leigh Surdowski of the Monticello Bird Club on Saturday, September 27th for the first Saturday bird walk. The morning was clear and the temperatures were in the low 70s. 27 species were found including: Canada Goose, Great Blue Heron, Mourning Dove, Chimney Swift, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Downy Woodpecker, Northern Flicker, Eastern Wood-Pewee, White-eyed Vireo, Red-eyed Vireo, Bluejay, Carolina Chickadee, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Carolina Wren, House Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, Robin, Catbird, Brown Thrasher, Cedar Waxwing, Nashville Warbler, Common Yellowthroat, Cardinal, Indigo Bunting, and Goldfinch. Thank you to Doug Rogers for sharing the photograph and to the MBC for being such a welcoming group for birders of all skill levels and experience.
The bird feeders are back around the education building and are already being visited. Our thanks go to Dan Nissen, Bob and Paulette Gore, and Patty Kalbfeisch for their work!
27 people joined David Hogg of the Monticello Bird Club on a cloudy Tuesday evening, August 27, to watch for nighthawks migrating over Ivy Creek. Two nighthawks were seen right away flying high and fast. Other species seen that evening included an Eastern Wood-Pewee, Chimney Swifts and Bats. Another 20 people joined on a clearer evening on Thursday, August 29 where a total of 12 nighthawks were seen with four visible to the naked eye. Also seen: a Broad-winged Hawk, two Ruby-throated hummingbirds, Chimney Swifts and Bats. Both nights offered welcome opportunities for local birders (with some new to birding and to ICNA) to gather on a beautiful evening and socialize. ---catherine
15 people joined Tana Herndon of the Virginia Native Plant Society on a warm, sunny, Saturday morning to explore the August wildflowers blooming at Ivy Creek. The walk meandered along the native grass fields and into the pollinator garden. More than 35 species of trees, grasses and wildflowers were identified and discussed including evening primrose, wingstem, crownbeard, horsemint, elephant's foot, whorled milkweed, American hazelnut, winged sumac, wild senna, partridge pea, mountain mint, and climbing milkvine.
Many thanks to our friends at MEDIC SOLO Disaster + Wilderness Medical School for making their recent Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid course a fundraiser for the Ivy Creek Foundation, raising $228! The Disaster + Travel + Wilderness First Aid course is offered periodically and is open to adults and teens with any level of first aid experience. Learn how to save life and limb when pro help is not available! The next courses in Charlottesville will be June 15-16, 2019 and Nov. 16-17, 2019. For more information, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/medicwfa.
The kiosk is going up fast. Come by and see for yourself. Friends of Ivy Creek would love to hear from you to help defray the costs.
We are building a new, larger kiosk to replace our slowly rotting kiosk. The labor and materials are donated but we would welcome any offset to the project. Meanwhile come visit and imagine the future space!
We came We saw. We cleaned!! Thank you thank you thank you Tina, Nancy, and Mary Ann (and Ida too).
Rivanna Master Naturalists whipped the education building into shape in early February.
They're painting the barn! They're painting the barn. If you've been out walking since Christmas you've seen a pair of painters scraping (and collecting old paint), priming (now) and soon painting the barn. Since an abortive attempt to clean the barn and repaint it many years ago, the barn has needed the protective qualities a new paint job gives to the wooden siding of the barn. And now it's happening! The barn is noticeably whiter (that's the primer). And definitely spiffier! Check it out!
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/