DCNR Tour to the USGS Fish Lab and Hesselgessel Mil
Club members joined DCNR biologists on a tour of the historic Hesselgessel millstone quarry site in Asaph, where exposed conglomerate and one authentic millstone still stand for the curious to visit. Next was the USGS Aquatic Research Lab facility at the bottom of the mountain. There we saw the lab's operations, including tanks full of eels being raised for re-introduction into streams for research and to restore both eel and freshwater mussel populations.
Members met at Joe's house and learned to re-plant in slow-draining and other wet areas through the use of live-staking and wattles. Led by Steve Hoover, our adviser from the DCNR.
May Gathering & Walk in the Woods
Members and friends gathered at Anne's house for a chicken BBQ and plant/nature walk led by botanists Chris Firestone of the DCNR and Chris Sacchi, PhD of Kutztown University. We also welcomed the Alexanders' second daughter, Anabel, born 2 weeks prior. The club planted a pear tree to commemorate the event.
Members display natural artifacts such as bones, feathers, skulls, shells, and full mounts to explore. People were also welcome to sit and create a "god's eye," a woven object made with yarn and found sticks and charms.
WOA members join the community to walk the woods of landowner Chris Gastrock. Participants learned about deer browse pressure, natural versus selective regeneration, food plots, and apple trees. Along the way we identified plants, amphibians, and birds.