Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Wildlife area to host ‘herp blitz’

The Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area is a “jewel” that some people may not know about.

“If it’s a mountain top outdoor experience you seek, Turkeycock Wildlife Management Area (WMA) can provide it. This rugged, forested area, named for the mountain on which it is located, offers the opportunity to hunt, hike and view wildlife from some of the highest elevations in the vicinity,” according to the description of the area on the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF) website.

Gibson will lead what’s called a herp blitz to Turkeycock Mountain Wildlife Management Area on Friday, looking for as many species of reptiles and amphibians as possible. Herpetology is the branch of zoology dealing with reptiles and amphibians.

A group from the 2012 Virginia Master Naturalist Statewide Volunteer Conference will go on the herp blitz, according to an online schedule of the conference. The conference will be based at the Virginia Museum of Natural History.

Gibson called the WMA “a jewel, tremendous for walking, hiking, maybe horseback riding, hunting in season, (and) fishing in a pond.”

Read the entire article here in the Martinsville Bulletin.

Learn more about the Virginia Master Naturalist Program here.

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