TO~further the knowledge of nature, and encourage protection, and conservation of it.

Thank you to all who inspired me, taught me, and appreciated the sharing of my photos and information. My passion for God's creation has grown immensely and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to grow and to continue to grow...


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Friday, September 21, 2012

I have just one more class til I complete my Master Naturalist program!!

It will feel wonderful to know I have completed
yet another phase of my being...

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Wetland Habitats~ Dr. Loughman, Master Naturalist program Ogelbay Good Zoo ... at West Liberty University

Dr. Loughman in the muck... 

dragon fly larva

looking at the top of the muck

Steve Durrah in the muck.. lol 

bullfrog tadpole

closer up of the dragon fly larva

Phil searching for cool creatures

wild iris

wild iris seed pod and seeds

Mike and Steve in the muck finding crazy stuff

the pond

back side of the pond...

digging a dirt plug to show us the layers

two layers cooperated, the loam stayed behind.. 
see the layer differences?

more photos to come

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Master Naturalist class today~ Aquatic Habitats, and Insects, loved it!

Field work~ Aquatic habitats
west liberty university grounds...

We searched high, and low, Robin found
a cool creepy stone fly larvae...

and a  tiny dusky salamander

Phil discovered something unusual and
uncommon~ will have to ask him what again! 

Happy Steve and his aquarium...

more teaching Dr. Loughman

Janice and her green frog!

Dr. Loughman experienced stinging nettle..
then insued a nettle vs jewel weed battle

Dr. L and his crayfish

dusky salamander

two stripped salamander belly up

and two stripped salamander top side

more information... 

Robin stonefly larvae

look what we found! 

Dr. Kalb and Lori's new baby turtle (in
classroom not in the wild)

more university turtles

afternoon class~
INSECTS, my personal favorite

off to field work, with our nets and jars

someone caught something


 Chinese mantis~ male

Leopard moth larvae~black wooly worm

mantis lesson... with an unhappy mantis


end of class, beautiful walk to the vehicles...

lots learned, TONS more to learn...
great day... 
thanks Dr. Loughman