Friday, February 1, 2013

Pigeon Mountain Field Trip with Dan Pittillo--March 16, 2013

 "March 16, 2013 ‘Pigeon Mountain Field Trip with Dan Pittillo’
The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain in Walker County, Georgia is considered to be among the finest areas for wildflowers in Georgia.  It is a part of the Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, and is home to the Shirley Miller Wildflower Trail.   Pigeon Mountain is really a good area in mid March.  Wildflowers are peaking at that time, many rare.  The variety of Trillium is outstanding.  Many of the early species such as trout lily will still be seen and the later wild hyacinth will begin to open by this time.  I recommend everyone go to this site and review before we go:   Many Georgians will wish to go from their home directly to the Pocket, given in the directions.  Those needing to leave sooner certainly could while the rest of us climb out of The Pocket to see some of the upland areas, probably not as showy as the ravine below but offering other possibilities.
Dr. Dan Pittillo
taught plant science at Western Carolina University for over three decades, directing the WCU Herbarium from 1970 to his retirement in 2005. For many years, Dr. Pittillo served as the fall color prognosticator for the Asheville Citizen-Times and many other local and regional publications. His knowledge of local plants and trees is the result of both academic training and many years of observation in the Western Carolina mountains."

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