[va-richmond-general] Vulcan Royal Stone Quarry Trip 10 Sept 2011
- From: juliekazz@xxxxxxxxxxx
- To: Richmond Birds <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 11 Sep 2011 16:32:14 +0000 (UTC)
Another 1st class trip to the Vulcan Royal Stone Quarry in Rockville yesterday. This has become a great relationship between RAS and Vulcan for at least 5 years now. Vulcan exemplifies how industry and wildlife can co-exist successfully. Having been there many years now, it is interesting and refreshing to see that Vulcan is not satisfied with the status quo, they continue to improve and augment their wildlife habitat. It is an excellent place for our school children to visit. The nature trail, developed and maintained by the creative talents and visions of Sue Dudley continues to offer "awesome" learning opportunities.
We had at least 28 folks turn-out yesterday. Most of them were new to me. I hope they realize field trips do not typically start with breakfast served in the parking lot and then breaking for a full spread of lunch. Sue challenged our brain's with nature-related games where everyone was a winner leaving with things such as a pound of mealworms, cedar bird houses and awesome feeders just to name a few. The real winner's however are the employee's of Vulcan as they have much to be proud of in their incredible environment.
Oh yeah birds...it was a spectacular blue, cloudless sky day. We did have about 20 species as we walked along the quarry road and through-out the habitat. I do believe most of us were talking more than scouring for birds. List below:
Chimney Swift (several)
Eastern Tufted Titmouse
Great Blue Heron
Much thanks to Vulcan Royal Stone Quarry for hosting us and for their continued committment to the environment.
Thank you Jeff, Henry, Russell, Gabriel and especially Sue Dudley.
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