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A walk in the wetlands


August 4, 2011

THOMPSON, PA — Stu Slocum, a retired biology teacher at Mountain View High School and a long-time member of the Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve Stewardship Committee, will lead a nature walk focusing on aspects of stream ecology at the preserve on Sunday, August 7, from 2 to 4 p.m.
When we speak of an ecosystem, we are usually thinking of a specific and identifiable place. But each is related to and interdependent with all the others around it. This is particularly (and visibly) true of streams. Because a stream is constantly moving, it takes up and leaves behind many different pieces of the land, air and other waters along its course.

Diversity is the key to the health of a stream ecosystem. Streams flow throughout Florence Shelly Wetlands Preserve, and one of them has been certified to be of exceptional purity, a designation it received because of the presence in it of red algae.

The Florence Shelly Preserve is located one mile north of Thompson on Route 171. The hike is easy but the trail may be damp, so participants are urged to wear shoes appropriate for walking in wetlands. Parking is available in the lot just opposite Stack Road.

The walk is free and no reservations are required. Call 570/727–3362.