NANFA-- Po and Ni River Field Trip Caroline County, VA on April 29, 2001

Mike Thennet (
Fri, 11 May 2001 15:20:44 -0400

At this point, I could not help but to notice Pierre's uncanny ability
to identify much of the local foilage and fauna and to provide some
natural history on the subjects. It is always a pleasure to be with
such knowledgable individuals in the field. The sampling trips become
that much richer. Jeff Fullerton of Pennsylvania is the same way so if
you ever sample with one of these guys be prepared to take note and
listen well. Pierre also turned up a bleached deer skull which I
thought was the coolest thing. He discarded it then later retrieved it
when I mentioned to him how much I liked it. Thanks again Pierre.

At the end of the trip, Deb and John located a plastic trash bag and
began filling it with with plastic bottles, glass, cans and all forms of
refuse. They inspired the rest of us enough to jump up and follow
their example. It is awesome to see this type of initiative. It took
us about 5 minutes to gather most of the easy to move trash in the
area. I highly recommend this type of clean-up activity at the end of
any sampling trip. It was the perfect ending to a productive day.

I would like to thank all those who participated or wanted to
participate and could not. I am definitely looking forward to our next
trip in MD or VA.

So long from VA,

Mike Thennet,

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