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Naturalist Notes from Ranger Gretch

Happy Autumnal Equinox readers! Fall colors are happening now as many of our deciduous trees are quickly shutting down in response to drought conditions. Our recent Fall Colors Blue Ridge Parkwayd bike excursion revealed stunning vistas. BIG SHOUT OUT: to Kyle and Allison and to Shenandoah Bike Rides and Rentals. This is a fantastic time to bike around Natural Bridge (we have rentals on property).

Fall Colors Bike Ride

Colors are early and bird migration is late. I’ve been hanging out with birding enthusiasts at Harvey’s Knob Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Usually, at this time of year, we might count hundreds, even thousands of migratory raptors in a single daybut not yet this fall. Where are they? Still in Canada or New England? If you’re planning an October visit to Natural Bridge it may coincide with with bird migration. Bring your binoculars! I did see 6 migratory Bald Eagles two weeks ago, one group of Broadwings and 2 Harriers.

IMG_0972SHOUT OUT to my pal, Gavan, Jr. Naturalist

 

Blooming this week: Jewelweed, White Snakeroot, Giant Lobelia, Coneflower, and Thistle