Monday, March 17, 2008

Rain, Rain!

How does the nursery rhyme go? "Rain, rain go away come again on any day other than payday!..." or something close to that. We have not had much luck with the timing of the much-needed rain here at the Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest. We've had several of the once-monthly nightwalks rained out, including last Saturday evening, along with some school group visits. As a non-profit on a tight budget, it hurts when the rain prevents income from coming through the door, especially when those days are bracketed by beautiful, sunny days perfect for a visit in the swamp.

The images show Saturday's tornado warning (as in a tornado was already on the ground) boxes encompassing the Francis Beidler Forest and later the heavy rains of the storm falling directly on top of the boardwalk and nature center. Obviously, the nightwalk was cancelled, no income was generated, and two dozen people did not get to experience the old-growth swamp at night.

Francis Beidler Forest is closed to the public on Mondays. However, we're here and looking out of our office windows we see that we have this gorgeous day to ourselves. Students from the Charleston County School of the Arts is scheduled to be here on Wednesday...the only day this week with a chance of rain. Hmmm...go figure.

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