At the other extreme, we hit dense shady hemlock gorges littered with massive sandstone slump blocks calved from towering cliffs. Many excellent boreal breeders, quite rare in Ohio, were found in the gorges. Some of these included Canada and Magnolia warblers, Blue-headed Vireo, and Winter Wren.
We all had the wake up call of wake up calls when, at 6:04 on Sunday morning, an alarm system malfunctioned, tripping the alarm system. Not knowing it was a malfunction at the time, the entire lodge evacuated. All of the local volunteer fire departments came on over for a look, too. Lemonade came from these lemons, though, as that false alarm held us up just long enough for the rain to quit, and by the time we got in the field the great out-of-doors had turned into the most glorious spring weather possible. And I'm sure we'll look back on that uncalled for wake-up call with fond memories, eventually. Photo by Ernie Cornelius.Waiting for clearance to re-enter the lodge for breakfast are Dudley Edmondson, left, and Michael Packer. Dudley gave an outstanding program on Saturday evening featuring some of the finest nature photography to be found. A Duluth, Minnesota resident, Dudley travels the country making photographs, and shared his recent journey to Nome, Alaska with us. He finished his program with an overview of his book, Black & Brown Faces in America's Wild Places. Dudley is at the forefront of encouraging minority participation in outdoor activities, and shares that message eloquently. Michael, as last year, delivered a stellar evening program on astronomy, greatly aided on both evenings by night skies that were clear as a bell and studded with stars. Photo by Ernie Cornelius.