Sunday, May 18th was a bit of a rainy day in the Woodstock area. But there still happened to be a Wildflower Walk led by Jim Goltz at Bell Forest, which is one of the Meduxnekeag River Valley Nature preserves. Although not officially a NTNB preserve, this was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn more about the understory plants found within the Appalachian Hardwood Forest. I knew this would be good research for the Beardsley Hill preserve, which shares a similar ecosystem. It was a pleasure to meet Jim, who helped us discover many rare Appalachian Hardwood Forest plants.
Some photos from the walk:
April and May seem to have really flown by. Although this is my first blog here in awhile, I have been plugging away at different aspects of the project. One new exciting initiative is a project with Southern Carleton Elementary School. We have been exploring the Appalachian Hardwood Forest together with a Grade 5 class in preparation for a collaborative art project that will be installed in the new school being built next to the Beardsley Hill preserve. Expect a blog entry devoted to that story before the end of the school year.
I will also be posting some updates on painting progress....