Thursday, October 09, 2008

TogetherGreen and Rain

We have been in West Virginia for the last week at the National Conservation Training Center for TogetherGreen training.  Our days were full from sunrise to well beyond sunset with professional development and training regarding the implementation of our TogetherGreen Prothonotary Warbler banding project.  Blissfully, cell phone reception and Internet access was not readily-accessible.  Therefore, the blog took off a week.

Image by Brian Jonkers, NCTC

We did not arrive home until 0130 this morning due to flight delays caused by severe
 thunderstorms and fog in and around Atlanta, GA.  Today, the 8th graders from St. George Middle School were scheduled to visit the old-growth swamp at the Francis Beidler Forest Audubon Center, walk the 1.75-mile boardwalk, and discover the meaning of watersheds via the Hydrophobic Horse map activity.  Unfortunately, another severe thunderstorm system formed in the early morning hours and began streaming north straight at Four Holes Swamp and the Francis Beidler Forest.  In the interest of safety (and not our bleary eyes), we canceled the field trip, since the thunderstorms would arrive at the swamp while the students were out on the boardwalk beneath all those tall, lightning-attracting cypress trees!  To our chagrin, the storms streamed north all morning and repeatedly disappeared at the Georgia-South Carolina border.  If we had known that, we would have proceeded with the visit as schedule, but then the storms would have held together instead.

"Blessed are the flexible...for they shall not be broken." --Emilio Williams of The Koi Group 

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