Oak Ridge National Laboratory

 

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Media Contact: Fred Strohl (strohlhf@ornl.gov)
Communications and External Relations
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Series of spring nature walks planned on Oak Ridge Reservation

OAK RIDGE, Tenn., March 23, 1999 — An expanded series of nature walks, including two new types, are being offered to the public this spring on the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Reservation.

The walks are free and occur at various times of the day to provide participants an opportunity to view the hundreds of species of wildlife and vegetation on the reservation, which is a biosphere reserve and a Tennessee Wildlife Management Area. This is the fourth year of the nature walk program.

"Past participants have enthusiastically recommended that these walks be continued," said Pat Parr, Oak Ridge National Laboratory's (ORNL) area manager. "Each year more people have taken the opportunity to experience the rich natural heritage of the reservation."

Gary Eddlemon, a researcher in ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division, is the walk coordinator. He has added two new experiences - "Night Sounds and Stars" and a creekside walk.

In addition to ORNL, the program is cosponsored by the American Museum of Science and Energy (AMSE). Preregistration is required, and tour group size is limited for each walk. Participants should call Lissa Clarke of AMSE at 576-3218 to preregister for a walk no later than 24 hours before the event. In the event that weather conditions force a cancellation, participants should call 574-9836 to check the walk's status. A cancellation decision will be made no later than one hour before the walk. Those walkers assembling in the AMSE lobby will caravan in their own vehicles from AMSE to the site.

The next scheduled walk, set for 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 27, is a wildflower walk in the reservation's Walker Branch Watershed long-term research area. Shirley Scarborough of the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division will conduct the tour, which is limited to 20 participants. Preregistered participants should meet at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the American Museum of Science and Energy, 300 S. Tulane Ave., Oak Ridge.

Other scheduled walks: .

Saturday, April 10: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch Watershed conducted by Larry Pounds, botanical consultant. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the AMSE lobby.

Saturday, April 17: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Creekside walk to examine aquatic life along Lower Bear Creek or Upper White Oak Creek. Leader will be from ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. Limited to 15 participants, who should meet at 3 p.m. in the AMSE lobby.

Sunday, April 18: 3 to 5:30 p.m. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch. Scarborough will lead the group. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 3 p.m. in AMSE lobby.

Tuesday, April 20: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. "Night Sounds and Stars." Conducted in the area of the Freels Bend cabin, the walk will provide participants with an opportunity to listen to the night sounds of wildlife, chorus frogs and insects. There will be time for star gazing with and without the use of telescopes. Guides are Paul Lewis and Jack McConnell of the University of Tennessee's Department of Physics and Astronomy and Warren Webb of ORNL's Environmental Sciences Division. Participants are limited to 25, who should meet at 7:30 p.m. in the Scarboro Building parking lot at the intersection of Scarboro and Bethel Valley roads.

Saturday, May 1: 7 to 10 a.m. Bird walk at Freels Bend. Evans will lead the group. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 7 a.m. in the Scarboro Building parking lot.

Saturday, May 8: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 9:30 a.m. in the AMSE lobby. Pounds will lead the group.

Saturday, May 8: 7 to 10 a.m. Bird walk at Freels Bend. This is International Migratory Bird Day. Evans will be the group leader. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 7 a.m. at Scarboro.

Saturday, May 22: 7 to 10 a.m. Bird walk at Freels Bend. Dev Joslin of the Tennessee Ornithological Society will lead the group. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 7 a.m. in the Scarboro Building parking lot.

Saturday, May 22: 9:30 a.m. to noon. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch. Pounds is leader. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 9:30 a.m. at the AMSE lobby.

Saturday, May 29: 1 to 3 p.m. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch. Scarborough will lead the group. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 1 p.m. in the AMSE lobby.

Saturday, June 5: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Creekside walk along Lower Bear Creek or Upper White Oak Creek. Guide will be provided by the ORNL Environmental Sciences Division. Limited to 15 participants, who should meet at 1 p.m. in the AMSE lobby.

Sunday, June 6: 1 to 3:30 p.m. Wildflower walk at Walker Branch. Scarborough will lead the group. Limited to 20 participants, who should meet at 1 p.m. in the AMSE lobby.

More information about the program is available by calling Clarke at 576-3218.

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