Marbled Salamander

Aquatic Critters Appreciation Event

 

Saturday, October 15, 2016, 8:30 AM-12:00 PM

Harry Hampton Visitors Center Parking Lot

Leader: Jim Bulak

Congaree National Park contains a wide variety of aquatic life that most visitors never see or experience.  This tour will be led by Dr. Jim Bulak, Researcher Coordinator at SC DNR’s Fisheries Research lab in Eastover.  He will organize a team to electrofish Dry Branch, rather than our usual location along Cedar Creek.  We will bring along gear to stop at backwaters and collect and discuss the fish, crayfish, insects, salamanders and other critters that live in them.  Jim will arange to have a macroinvertebrate specialist along to assist with IDs.

Inspection of the specimens collected by Dr. Bulak and his crew will take over an hour in its own right.  The hike to the site will require some off-trail hiking. Participants should be in moderate physical shape.  Bring water and insect repellant; long pants are recommended.  Jogging shoes or light hiking boots are appropriate.  If participants wish to assist with sampling, wading shoes or boots would be helpful.  This hike is limited to the first 25 people to sign up.  We will meet at the NPS parking lot off South Cedar Creek Road.  To sign up, contact John Grego (friendsofcongareeswamp@gmail.com, 803-331-3366)