Summers come alive at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association preserves and sanctuaries! Birdsong has declined as they become busy raising their young. Spring gardens are flourishing with a kaleidoscope of colors and a sea of fragrances. Yet the more subtle residents of nature go about their business under the cover of dark!
The WVWA hired BRE Environmental to shed light on how many of the nearly 2500 species of moths that occur in North America can be found in the suburban confines of Montgomery County. Recently, Blaine Rothhauser led a weekend of guided walks to the fields of Willow Lake and the woods of the Four Mills Barn in search of insects. We were not disappointed!
One night was lit up with the fire of large lamp that cast shadows of nearly 20 curious guests and members in search moths and other nocturnal insects. A canvass sheet was hoisted along the pillars of the Four Mills Barn. Soon insects of all types came to the light. Blaine routinely identified each species and eagerly photographed each one to see on his Bluetooth enabled laptop computer. Children and adults alike marveled at the strange creatures that visited the courtyard on a cool crisp early summer evening.
The attendees especially the children were so entranced by the wonders of nature that they did not want to leave! By the end of the evening, we had all learned that all sorts of living things can be found at the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association’s preserves waiting to be discovered! Nature never disappoints!