Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
Clifton Forge, Virginia

A Trip to Douthat State Park

The purpose of today's trip was to visit the vernal pool in Douthat State Park.

Most participants wanted to try wading through the pond in waders.

It takes some nerve to plunge your hands and arms into the murky water!

It hasn't been a particularly good year for amphibians, but we did see some interesting "critters" in the vernal pool.

A green frog was waiting for us as we approached the pond.

Damselflies skimmed the surface looking for a meal.

This tiny tadpole has just about finished metamorphosing into a frog.

This red-spotted newt was found in the creek near the vernal pool.

Once again, our favorite phoebe family has built a nest at the top of the information board at the Camp Carson picnic shelter.

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Updated 7/2/13