On May 10th, Bruce Newhouse, a local field ecologist, botanist, educator and environmental planner, led a group of us up, around, and over Mt. Pisgah to discover all it's hidden treasures and corners, the places many of us miss on our dash to the summit. Our hike was about 6 miles long but took several leisurely hours as we stopped to inspect the wildflowers, watch butterflies and listen for birds. Bruce also took time to show us the extensive work that has been done over the last two decades by the Friends of Buford Park to restore the vanishing oak savannah and the channelized floodplain, creating important habitat for many threatened plants and animals. We all enjoyed visiting a very special place in our own backyard on one of the first sunny, warm days of spring. Special thanks to Val Rogers, Development Director of Friends of Buford Park, and Pam McClellan, volunteer with the Friends, for assisting Bruce on the tour.Members: Lyn Gilman-Garrick, Anne Bonine, Bob Foster, Jim Whitfield, Helen Martz, Norma Bengiat, Patricia Esch, Sandra Larsen, Lana Lindstrom, Nancy Whitfield, Maggie Gontrum, Effie Neth. Nonmembers: Carol Stern.
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