43rd Annual Mt Rogers Spring Naturalist Rally
Friday, May 12th through Sunday, May 14th, 2017
Three days of exploration & discovery for all ages!
Bring your family and celebrate Mother's Day in the most beautiful place on Earth. There is something for the entire family to enjoy with an expert speaker Friday Night, trips Saturday and Sunday, and nighttime programs at the campground. Topics include salamanders, wildflowers, geology, birding, cultural history, mammals, medicinal plants, natural history and much, much more!
George Constantz, biologist and naturalist who writes about the beauty and nature of the Appalachian landscape, will be our featured speaker Friday evening at 7:00PM.
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1947, George spent six years of his childhood in Barranquilla, Colombia, among the iguanas of the Magdalena River's floodplain, and in Chihuahua, Mexico, where he chased roadrunners through the desert. Since receiving a B.A. in biology from University of Missouri-St. Louis and a Ph.D. in zoology from Arizona State University, George has worked as a park naturalist, a teacher of biology and environmental science, a fish ecologist, researcher, and writer.
His book, Hollows, Peepers, and Highlanders: An Appalachian Mountain Ecology, "exposes the natural conflicts that underlie the beauty and mystery of Appalachian life. The heart of the book explores the quirky, even bizarre, adaptations of selected Appalachian plants and animals -- violence among fireflies, sexual parasitism within frog choruses, and deception by flowers."
FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER
5:30PM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER
Konnarock Community Association volunteers host the Friday Night Dinner as an annual fundraiser. For the 2nd year in a row, BRDC is excited to partner with the Independence Farmers Market www.independencefarmersmarket.org to provide high quality and locally sourced ingredients! The meal will feature a meat or vegetarian option, plenty of local veggies, home-made baguettes, and a garden salad to die for. Home-made desserts will finish off the meal.
Dinner is by pre-paid reservation ONLY. There will be no dinners sold at the door. Registration is due by May 1st. Please join us for this great meal, catchup with old friends, and proudly support our local farmers and the Konnarock Community Association with this opportunity to eat a locally sourced home-cooked meal.
7:00AM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER
Coffee, pastry, farm-fresh egg burritos available for purchase.
11:30AM @ THE KONNAROCK COMMUNITY CENTER
Hotdog lunch, veggie burritos, snacks & drinks available for purchase or bring your own.
Saturday Night Dinner / Sunday Breakfast & Lunch
On your own
IN MEMORY OF
Wallace Coffey: Rally co-founder and avid birder. Wallace was a member of the Bristol
Bird Club for 58 years, active in the Elizabethton Bird Club, the Tennessee Ornithological
Society and the Virginia Society of Ornithology.
Claude Greever: Long-time Rally supporter and field trip leader, Claude led the "Appalachian Woodland Wildflower" walk for many years and attended 37 of the Rally's 42 years.
CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE RALLY
The Mount Rogers Naturalist Rally is a grand tradition that dates back to 1974. Over the years it has gone through many changes but the root goal has stayed the same: to connect our community to one of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. If you would like to see this tradition continue for the next generation please consider making a donation to support the Rally.