Biology Bonanza at the Carolina Raptor Center- Day 1
While canoeing, we saw millions of mayflies! Some of us were better at paddling than others and one particular canoe ran into many trees. It was so flooded that we could canoe some parts of different trails through the woods. We saw Osprey, a Great Blue Heron, and checked Wood Duck boxes that the water levels had affected.
We also saw two different kinds of dragonflies and a Xystodesmid Millipede. Afterwards we tested the water of Mountain Island Lake; the pH was just above neutral at 7.6. The nitrate level reading was inconclusive, but from our biotic factors, we can conclude the levels were low.
On our walk back, we saw a Hackberry Emperor moth and an unidentified fuzzy caterpillar. We had a fantastic time!!!