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June 2004

June 2, 2004

Dear fellow SCANners,
The beautiful month of May was both beautiful and fascinating from a natural history point of view. There was a "president's special" on May 15 consisting of a float trip on the lake at Goodale State Park. It has been a longtime since SCAN did a canoe trip and this time we had lots of kayaks as well as it was a joint trip with the Palmetto Paddlers, a group of canoers and kayakers from the Midlands based in Columbia. A total of 17 boats made that trip. That six-foot wide creek got a little crowded at the turn around! Oh, and we had one jon boat that made most of the trip. Thanks to Quentin Webber, our water-phobic secretary had a great trip. So did the rest of us as we saw lots of aquatic plants and critters we don't often get to see up close and personal, plus a large colony of great blue herons with young still in the nest. We have already selected Sparkleberry Swamp for next year's trip. Goodale has two canoes for rent and a marked canoe trail if you missed this trip and want to do it on your own.

The following week was an overnight to the upstate. Saturday, May 22 we did the Carrick Creek Trail in Table Rock State Park. Plants are the highlight of this trail, but the copperhead that decorated the far side of the creek on one of the slide areas was a colorful addition! Mother Nature did make loud noises, but no rain. But then came Sunday afternoon! Sunday morning we visited the Eva Chandler Heritage Preserve which is an open steep granite rock with a creek sliding down one side creating a cataract, and a cataract bog along the edge. This is a place for careful walking as it is very steep and very slippery where wet. It is also a place of many rare plants and, from my point of view, fascinating but unidentifiable spiders. We spent a period of time watching a romantic triangle of jumping spiders, with the usual two males and a single female, who was not too interested in either guy! I didn't stop watching long enough to think to take a photograph!

After exploring Chandler, we drove down the mountain to explore the Ashmore Heritage Preserve. As we started to walk in the sky got very dark and loud. Before long it was raining. After much discussion we retreated to the cars to wait it out. Soon the sun was shining allowing us to head out. We had a great time going down trail and then exploring the edge of the lake where there is a boggy area with a large number of rare plants. It was hard not to step on them. This is one of the few sites in the state with round-leafed sundew (Drosera rotundifolia), plus pitcher plants, and horned bladderwort. One highlight for me was the large number of species of clubtail dragonflies, most of that remained unidentified. The last of us made it back to the cars at 5:30. Folks with better sense had long since headed home! What a great time we had! Thanks you, Sam & Eva Pratt, for planning and leading this trip.

Our upcoming trip will take us to the northern piedmont of York County, an area we don't visit very often. While man has clearly affected Draper, the result for us is an area with a pond and open fields starting to display 'old field succession'. It is a wide-open site so bring your sunscreen and lots of water. I think you find lots of interest. I hope to see you there.

Lynn Smith, SCAN President
Blue Corporal

Blue Corporal (George Xenakis)

Another dragonfly seen at the pond at Ashmore was this Blue Corporal (Ladona deplanata)

Calico Pennant

Calico Pennant (Jerry Bright)

One of the more colorful dragonflies at Ashmore HP was this Calico Pennant (Celithemis elisa)

Next Trip

Draper WMA

York County, 6/26/2004 10:30AM

York County, Saturday, June 26, 2004, starting at 10:30 am

Draper has more open area than some of our field trips and includes a lake with public fishing. You may see snakes, turtles, birds, dragonflies, and other water-related flora and fauna. Roads lead by some fields with good bird and insect activity and wooded areas with trees and shrubs.
As usual, mosquitoes, ticks, and chiggers will be there to greet you. It will be hot! You'll need food and water; and if the weatherman has his way, you may see showers. Not a single restroom is to be found at Draper.
Meet at the parking lot at 10:30. Jules will probably be there early, watching birds and catching insects. It will be a good trip!

Directions: Directions to Draper WMA

Follow Hwy. 321 to McConnells, SC (south from York or north from Chester). Turn on SC 322, eastbound for 1.5 miles. Turn right onto Brattonsville Road (brown sign will be on left). Go .6 mile. Turn right on gravel road; follow .5 mile. Park on right.

If you come in by Rock Hill, simply go west on SC 322 for 8.9 miles past brown sign at Hwy. 901 and 322 . Left turn on Brattonsville Road (brown sign on right). Go .6 mile. Turn right on gravel road. Follow .5 mile. Park on right.
Or from I-77:
Directions: From I-77 N/S take exit 82B at Rockhill,SC going east (toward town) which is Business 21. Follow Bus 21 through a extensive commercial/residential section. You will cross Hwy 5 (Bus 21 becomes SC322) and then cross Hwy 901. At the 901 intersection you see a brown sign to your right which will indicate that Brattonsville historical park (Mel Gibson's The Patriot, filmed there) is 10 miles ahead. Follow SC322 (also towards McConnells, SC) for 8.9 miles to the road that leads to Brattonsville/Draper WMA. Turn left (brown sign with arrow pointing left on right side of road will confirm this). Go 1.5 miles and Draper WMA is on the right. Turn right on the gravel road follow it to the circular parking area within. Planted Sawtooth Oaks saplings,good wildlife food, (Quercus acutissima) line the road and parking area.

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