A Blue Tail and a Head in the Water

by Fiona, 5.9years While on a hike at Great Falls National Park today, Fiona was very excited when she saw something “with a blue tail and a head” in the creek.  We went to investigate.   Fiona:  I found an animal with a blue tail and a head!  Come look!  He’s in the…

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

Pterourus glaucus Field Guide to Northern Virginia, USA ecology. By Islend Creek Elementary School http://www.fcps.edu/islandcreekes/ecology/eastern_tiger_swallowtail.htm Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papilio_glaucus Videos by the Dragonflies LOCATION:  Arlington, VA  USA DATE:  July 19, 2013 WHO: Forest Campers, Rebecca WEATHER:  partly cloudy, hot and humid, mid 90’s

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What is lichen?

We found this beautiful composition of deciduous leaves, moss and lichen on our hike today.  Did you know that lichen is a symbiotic relationship between a fungus and an algae? So cool! The children know that lichens are a particular favorite of mine and point them out everywhere they find…

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