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"Catching the Bug..."

3 years 5 months 2 weeks ago April 12, 2013 Apr 12, 2013 Friday, April 12 2013 April 12, 2013 3:00 AM in Pat Shingleton Column
By: Pat Shingleton

Bob Fredericks was our high school biology teacher and a good one he was...As noted in a previous column, our advanced biology class included an assignment of collecting 50 species of insects and 50 different species of wild flowers. Butterfly nets were provided along with a "Ball" jar laced with formaldehyde to "prepare" the bugs. Darryl Smialek made the task easier by putting the top down on his convertible as we motored through the valleys with eight nets protruding from the car. This month, the U.S. Forest Service will release their wildflower map, identifying hundreds of locations, on national forests, for prime wildflower viewing. The map includes 317 wildflower viewing areas on National Forest System lands, referenced by state. Their website also includes more than 10,000 plant images.

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