I had a couple of calling frog volunteers around Chelsea who got yelled and
shot at --even in Woodbury, sometimes it's scary to stop your car along some
of these roads (at least you are doing your strange stuff in the daytime).
But we probably scare the folks who scare us!
I need someone to tell me more about the fungus you see often in rotting
maple (or, I've heard, beech) stumps -- it's black and makes a sort of mat
that covers the rotten wood with a thin, brittle layer. Tom Wessels mentions
that it's an ascomycete in _Reading the Forested Landscape_, but that's the
ONLY reference I've been able to find (though I suspect it's in Kricher &
Morrison, and maybe some Stokes book, maybe one of John Eastman's. The
problem is, I have no name for it.
Do you know anything about it?
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bryan Pfeiffer" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, August 01, 2005 8:25 AM
Subject: [VTLEPS] Hazardous Butterflying
> So I'm working Groton-2 on Saturday along a Class IV road in Topsham. From
> the car, I notice a pair of copulating Common Wood-Nymphs. I slam on the
> brakes, grab the camera gear, and start shooting like crazy. It's a remote
> road, but a guy drives by, and I manage to smile and wave. Next thing I
> know he pulls into his driveway, which is about 30 meters away. I'm still
> shooting in the brush along the road. Then he starts shooting. Two rifle
> shots were enough to convince me to get the heck out of there.
> I can't be certain his shots were directed my way. And I don't want to
> scare anyone from survey work on back roads. But do be careful out there.
> In any event, here's the photo (which I'm glad to say wasn't my last):
> The Vermont Butterfly Survey
> A Project of the Vermont Institute of Natural Science
> 27023 Church Hill Road
> Woodstock, VT 05091
> (802) 454-4640
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