Roan Mountain State Park

 

SIXTIETH ANNUAL

Roan Mountain
Fall Naturalists Rally
SEPT. 9 – SEPT. 11, 2022

Featured Speakers:

FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM: Kelby Ouchley
“Atop Your Mountain, Along My Bayou – Seeking the Connections”

SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM: Dr. Arthur J. Merschat
“The August 9, 2020, Mw 5.1 Earthquake in Sparta, North Carolina and Blue Ridge Geology”

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Rally Directors; Gary Barrigar and Larry McDaniel
[email protected]

TO REGISTER GO TO FRIENDS OF ROAN MOUNTAIN WEBSITE:
http://www.friendsofroanmtn.org
or
MAIL PREPAID RESERVATIONS TO:
Nancy Barrigar, Treasurer
708 Allen Avenue
Elizabethton, TN 37643
Sponsored by:
The Friends of Roan Mountain

FRIDAY EVENING PROGRAM:
“Atop Your Mountain, Along My Bayou – Seeking the Connections”

Kelby Ouchley is a biologist and writer and managed National Wildlife Refuges for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service for 30 years. Since 1995 he has written and narrated Bayou-Diversity, an award-winning weekly conservation program on public radio. He produces a popular Facebook blog titled Bayou-Diversity (https://www.facebook.com/BayouDiversity). His six published books include a historical novel, natural histories of Louisiana, a comprehensive book on alligators, and a dictionary for naturalists. LSU Press will release his latest book, Bayou D’Arbonne Swamp – A Naturalist’s Memoir of Place, in September. Kelby has received the Louisiana Governor’s Conservationist of the Year award, the Caroline Dorman Master Naturalist’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Louisiana Ornithological Society’s lifetime achievement award. With his wife, Amy, he lives on the edge of the Bayou D’Arbonne Swamp near Rocky Branch, Louisiana, in a cypress house surrounded by white oaks and black hickories.

Program Description:
Within the field of natural history, the concept of connections – links between plants or animals and their habitat is often emphasized. My focus in this talk though is our connections to the natural world and how naïve we as a modern society have become in regard to these life-sustaining links. As a species and as individuals there is little we do that does not impact other living things by affecting connections. Using examples pertinent to this venue at Roan Mountain and my home along a Louisiana bayou, I will illustrate that “we don’t yet know what we don’t know” about how important it is to maintain robust biodiversity and naturally functioning ecosystems for our own well-being.

SATURDAY EVENING PROGRAM:
“The August 9, 2020, Mw 5.1 Earthquake in Sparta, North Carolina and Blue Ridge Geology”

Dr. Arthur J. Merschat is a Research Geologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and an adjunct Research Professor at Appalachian State University. As co-project chief of the USGS Piedmont and Blue Ridge Project, Arthur’s primary research goal is to create detailed geologic maps, with a special interest in complexly deformed crystalline rocks. He has spent more than two decades studying the structure and tectonics of the Appalachians and has worked on geologic mapping projects in the southern Appalachians (Blue Ridge and Inner Piedmont), New England, and Adirondacks. He is part of a collaborative research group investigating the Sparta, NC earthquake and the Little River fault. His research is supported the USGS National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program and Earthquake Hazards Program.

Program Description:
The August 9, 2020, Mw 5.1 Sparta, North Carolina earthquake produced the first documented co-seismic surface rupture in the eastern U.S.—the Little River fault. Our research into this earthquake documents nearly 4 km of co-seismic surface rupture, older brittle faults oriented similar to surface rupture, and soft-sediment deformation in alluvium from several locations. This presentation highlights connections between the Sparta, NC earthquake, existing brittle faults, paleosiesmicity, and landscape evolution in the Blue Ridge.

FRIDAY September 9: All activities take place at Roan Mountain State Park Conference Center.

5:30 PM REGISTRATION

7:30 PM PROGRAM
“Atop Your Mountain, Along My Bayou – Seeking the Connections” Kelby Ouchley

9:00 PM Moth Party (E, Kf) Larry McDaniel

SATURDAY September 10: Unless otherwise noted, field
trips will carpool (Cp) from the field adjacent to the cabin
area entrance.

8:30 AM Field trips:
1. Birds (E) Lee & Lois Herndon Chapter TOS

2. Wildflowers (E) Guy Mauldin

3. Useful Plants (A, Kf) Marty Silver

4. Mushrooms (E) Cindy Fowler & Ken Crouse

5. Spiders (E, Kf) T. J. Jones

6. Snakes (E Kf) Philip Hylen

7. Geology of Roan High Bluff – Arthur Merschat

11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Conference Center activity:

Fossil Casting for All Ages (Kf) Mick Whitelaw,
ETSU Dept. of Geology and Geoscience Club

Lunch Time Slide Show Marty Silver

12:00 PM Lunch – Bag lunches at Conference Center
by pre-paid reservation only (deadline Tues, Sept 6)
or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.
2:00 PM Field trips:
1. Stream Ecology (E, Kf, W) Bart Carter &
Anna Grizzard

2. Geology of Roan Mountain (M)
Mick Whitelaw

3. Butterflies and Other Insects (E, Kf) Don Holt

4. Wildlife Tracking (E/Kf) Marty Silver

5. Mosses & Liverworts (E) Jim Goldsmith

6. Salamanders (E, Kf) Tyler Wicks

7. Appalachian Cove Forest Exploration (E/Kf)
Cade Campbell

5:45 PM Annual FORM membership meeting

7:00 PM PROGRAM
“August 9, 2020, Mw 5.1 Earthquake in Sparta, North Carolina and Blue Ridge Geology”

9:00 PM Moth Party (E/Kf) Larry McDaniel

Night Walk (E, Kf) Cade Campbell

SUNDAY SEPT 11: Field trips will leave from the field adjacent to the cabin area entrance.

9:00 AM Field trips:
1. Birds (E) Lee & Lois Herndon Chapter TOS

2. Rare Plants of the Roan Highlands (E)
Gary Kaufman

3. Mushrooms (E) Mike Gartin

2:00 PM Field Trips:
1. Butterflies and Other Insects (E, Kf)
Lance Jessee
2. Birds of Prey (E, Kf) Philip Hylen