Sunday, July 16, 2017

KNSC Nature Journal Club - July

NCJ - July: Discussing Birds, Seeing Wildflowers

Our Nature Journal Club today led us into discussion of birds. If you compare learning about birds to learning how to read, my family and I are still practicing the alphabet. We are learning to identify birds, but have yet to scratch the surface of studying the habits of our winged friends. 

Unfortunately today we did not get a chance to delve deeper into our understanding of ornithology, as it was the wildflowers who stole the show. Heading out from the chalet towards the Grill House Trail, many wildflowers grabbed our attention. 
A myriad of sweet peas (Lathyrus odoratus) can be seen, in both pink and white. This luscious flower is climbing its way through the grasslands of the Dog Walk Loop. 

 The next flower to show its beautiful self was the familiar, but charming, black-eyed susan (Rudbeckia triloba). Fun fact for you, this flower can be found in all 48 of the contiguous United States as well as all 10 Canadian Provinces. Well worth being able to identify!

And finally, this beauty, which has yet to be identified. I'm sure there are many, more knowledgeable than I, that can help me out. (Let's just say that my zoology skills, abilities, and understandings are about on par with my ornithological skills).  So leave a friend a note in the comments below; help me complete my nature journal for the day by getting down a name for this mystery.

Come and join us for our next Nature Journal Club on August 20th. We will be discussing insects, but who knows what treasures will steal the show. Click here for details.

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