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Rainy Day in May

Posted by Claire Burkum,
North Country explorer from Spartanburg, SC
May 31, 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015 was a beautiful day to be in the woods. It was rainy in the morning but under the leaves we felt few of the drops. We looked under many logs and found salamanders, snails, slugs, centipedes, beetles and fungal mycelium. Red back salamanders (Plethodon cinereus) were found under every other log or so. We didn't record officially, but in about 45 minutes we saw 8-10 salamanders, walking a total of 0.4 miles in a circle. Many of the logs were also excellent for balancing on, an activity that juvenile Homo sapiens seem to enjoy. Most of our exploration was in a mixed hemlock, beech, maple, pine forest, although the pink lady slipper was found in a pine plantation neighboring the mixed forest. Lots of fun had on this rainy day in May!