March 25, 2008

Second growth forest

In my November trip to Pine Mountain, the park naturalist took us on a sightseeing tour up a second growth mountain. Here you can see evidence of black bear activity in the bees' nests ripped open.

Earlier in the day, we'd seen evidence of evidence of deer presence. These photos show deer rubs and scrapes, methods by which male deer announce their superior size and strength to the other male deer. The last photo shows (unfortunately, not very clearly) evidence of woolly adelgid on an Eastern hemlock branch. Look for the small white traces.

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