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(Coeburn, VA) On September 28, 2013, the Clinch Coalition will host the 7th annual High Knob Naturalist Rally at Bark Camp Lake, on the National Forest in Coeburn, VA. This event celebrates the natural world with a day full of fun and educational hikes, presentations and activities highlighting the unique ecology of the High Knob region.
The High Knob Naturalist Rally is free and open to the whole family. There will be a 5k trail race around the lake before the Naturalist Rally, with an entry fee of $20.
The day will contain hikes and presentations given by local experts. Hike leaders will guide participants around High Knob, one of the most biologically diverse locations in North America. Presentations will be given at the amphitheater.
"The Naturalist Rally is an excellent opportunity for individuals to come out and learn more about what the High Knob region has to offer", said Deidre Donahue from The Clinch Coalition. "We hope that the Rally will inspire people to appreciate what a unique area we live in".
The first set of hikes will depart at 10:00am, with a choice of Birding Basics (bring field binoculars, if you have them) led by Betsy Grossman from the Cumberland Bird Club. Wetlands led by Lois Boggs from the USFS (this hike will be 2.5 hours, wear shoes and clothes that can get wet), and Salamanders led by Walter Smith an Associate Professor at UVA-Wise.
The afternoon hikes begin after the free lunch and include the topics of Salamanders, Kitchen Rock led by Phil Shelton Assistant Professor at UVA-Wise, and Edible Wild Plants led by Phil Meeks from the Virginia Cooperative Extension.
Morning presentations will include Mussels of the Clinch by Megan Bradley of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Local Caves by Richard Kretz from Appalachian Cave Conservancy, and Native Reptiles of the Southeastern U.S. by Chuck Hurd.
The afternoon presentations will be covering the topics of Animal Tracks and Signs given by Lois Boggs, Birds of Prey by Mitch Whitaker from the Letcher County 4-H Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and Wild Mushrooms by Johnny Stanley.
More information is available online at www.highknobnaturalist.org
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