|Building bird boxes.|
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
|7k starting pack.|
The trail run is put on by a dedicated group of runners from Chapel Hill known as the Trailheads. Proceeds from the run are donated to Little River Park and also used to purchase carbon offsets. Last year's run was "carbon negative" with the purchase of enough offsets to negate the carbon emissions caused by the travel of all participants. The park has used the donated funds to pay for trail improvements, equipment and to underwrite the cost of park programs like star gazing with Morehead Planetarium and visits from wildlife educators, CLAWS. This year the park was able to offer its Tiny Trekkers and Discovery Club kids programs for free as well. The trail runs have generated over $60,000 in donations to the park over the past 10 years.
|A beautiful day along the 7k course.|
Little River runners traverse slippery slopes: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/community/chapel-hill-news/article56360085.html
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Here's what we recorded for December 20th, 2015:
Sky Conditions: Clear
Wind Direction & Velocity: Calm
Black Vulture - 2
Turkey Vulture - 2
Red-bellied Woodpecker - 1
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker - 2
Downy Woodpecker - 1
American Crow - 3
Carolina Chickadee - 1
Tufted Titmouse - 3
White-breasted Nuthatch - 1
Carolina Wren - 2
Eastern Bluebird - 7
Yellow-rumped Warbler - 1
Field Sparrow - 2
White-throated Sparrow - 6
Northern Cardinal - 7
There were 14 individual species counted with 41 total birds spotted.
More information about the Audubon Christmas Bird Count can be found at the National Audubon Society's website: http://birds.audubon.org/christmas-bird-count.
If you'd like to take part in a bird count, the park will participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count from February 12-15, 2016, which is a great event for first-time counters or beginning birders as well as experienced birders. Call the park office for more information: 919-732-5505.
Friday, December 25, 2015
New Year’s Day Nature Walk
Thursday, December 3, 2015
|Geminid's over Chile, 2013.|
Image Credit & Copyright:
(Las Campanas Observatory,
The shower is named for the constellation Gemini, the Twins, from where the meteors appear to originate. Although most meteor showers are associated with a comet, the Geminids form from the rocky asteroid 3200 Phaethon. The orbit of the 3 mile wide asteroid takes it pretty close to the Sun every 1.4 years. The intense heat causes the asteroid to fracture and crumble off bits of debris which then crash into the Earth's atmosphere every year around December.
The Geminid meteor shower is a favorite, especially for younger viewers, because the show gets going early in the evening. Even so, more meteors will be visible as the constellation Gemini reaches its peak in the night sky, around 2am. This meteor shower can also be one of the most spectacular shows of the year, with possible sightings of over 100 meteors in an hour.
Tips for Viewing Meteor Showers:
1. Find a spot away from areas with bright lights.
2. Check the weather and dress appropriately - you'll be sitting/laying for long stretches.
3. Pack a chair, blanket, some water or a warm beverage and a snack.
4. Sit back, wait, and enjoy.
Give yourself at least an hour to view the show since our eyes need at least 20 minutes to adjust to the darkness. Avoid looking at your cell phone or using a flashlight. You can use a light with a red filter to preserve your night vision. Also, meteors tend to be active in short bursts, followed by a lull, so be patient.
Where to View the Geminid Meteor Shower:
Morehead Planetarium, the Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC), and the Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society (CHAOS) will host two skywatching sessions for the Geminid meteor shower:
- December 13 8pm
Little River Regional Park & Natural Area, 301 Little River Park Way, Rougemont, NC 27572
- December 14 8pm
Jordan Lake - Ebenezer Church Recreation Area, 2582 Beaver Creek Road, Apex, NC 27502
More information can be found at http://moreheadplanetarium.org/programs/teen-adult-programs/skywatching
Everything you need to know: Geminid meteor shower - http://earthsky.org/?p=187764
Meteor Showers in 2015 - http://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/celestial-objects-to-watch/meteor-showers-in-2015-12142014/
Meteor Showers: Shooting for Shooting Stars -
Monday, November 30, 2015
More program and event information can be found at: http://littleriverrambler.blogspot.com/2015/01/new-online-calendar-of-events.html