Win is participating in the
North American Amphibian Monitoring Program (NAAMP) for South Carolina. He monitors a route of
wetland areas in Laurens County for calling frogs. I am assisting him as his driver. We made trial run of his route one evening and then on
February 25th we made his first official run. A run consists of stopping after dark at each of ten designated locations and listening
for singing frogs. On this run, we heard Upland Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers, American Toads, and Southern Leopard Frogs.
On February 26th I attended a meeting held by the State Park Service at Greenwood State Park seeking input on plans for
All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory for parks. The meeting was well attended and interesting. This project is very ambitious,
but the information will be very useful.
On February 28th Win and I joined other members of the
South Carolina Assiociation of Naturalists (SCAN) on a field trip to the Lafarge Cement Quarry (also called Blue Circle Pit)
in Dorchester County near Harleyville. Most fossils found in this quarry are from the late Eocene epoch (40 to 34 million years ago).
It was a cool, wet day but serious rain did not arrive until after noon, allowing us several hours of searching. Win's best finds were sharks' teeth.
My best finds were a piece of vertebra from a whale ancestor, the Basilosaurus, and a piece of turtle carapace.