Allegany Nature Pilgrimage
Friday and Saturday was the big Audubon weekend here in Allegany State Park. The Allegany Nature Pilgrimage is sponsored by a few of our local Audubon Societies here in the WNY area (and is my favorite weekend of the year). This was my 13th year attending the pilgrimage and my 10th year as being a group leader. I had the privilege of leading two groups (that turned out to be almost 75 people) into the Big Basin Old Growth area. I just loved having Toni, Jennifer and many other regulars to this blog spend their time with me looking for the big trees!
Friday evening we listened to Dr. Wayne Gall under the big tent doing a humorous slide presentation using some cartoons from Gary Larson’s “Far Side” series (Far Side . . . it was sooo funny). We skipped the Owl Prowl, Night Time Insects, Star Gazing, etc… and went on the “Evening Hike” by our favorite group leader Lon. You have no idea how fun this hike is and below is a short video that I captured on last years hike (sorry Lon . . . . I had to repost this again).
For the second year the NIT’s (Naturalist in Training) did their “Nature for Kids by Kids” walk. Young Naturalist C, Young Naturalist E and Young Naturalist J did an amazing job with the walk and I am so proud with the way they worked together in passing their knowledge of nature to the younger kids. I also think it is great that the ANP committee continues to give these kids the opportunity to lead these walks.
Saturday evening was the best part of the day when some of us bloggers spent time together during the chicken BBQ. Such an amazing weekend we had!
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