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Old 05-10-2009, 02:57 PM   #1
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Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in York, South Carolina USA. Our mission is is to "conserve animals, plants, habitats, and other natural components of the Piedmont Region of the eastern United States through observation, scientific study, and education for students of all ages." The Center is the most active bird banding site in the Carolinas, with more than 52,000 individuals of 124 species banded since 1982. Through "Operation RubyThroat: The Hummingbird Project" Bill Hilton Jr., the Center's executive director, specializes in research on Ruby-throated Hummingbirds, Archilochus colubris, and has banded 4,000 of them at York. He is also the only scientist studying and banding ruby-throats on their wintering grounds in Central America. Since 2000 he has published "This Week at Hilton Pond," an award-winning series of on-line photo essays that appear on the Center's Web site. Each installment examines in words and images a plant, animal, or natural phenomenon at Hilton Pond--or beyond. see Nature: Hilton Pond Center for Piedmont Natural History (York, South Carolina USA) and Hummingbirds: Operation RubyThroat, The Hummingbird Project
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Old 05-10-2009, 03:45 PM   #2
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I've seen your site before. You have great photos of hummingbirds. I have used your site to identify the few that have visited my hummingbird feeders.
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Old 05-10-2009, 05:50 PM   #3
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Arrow Hilton Pond 04/22/09 (Nature Festivals)

We were away from home the second half of April due to presentations, field trips, and/or bird banding workshops we led at nature festivals in Florida and West Virginia. We've described the adventures--complete with images of birds, wildflowers, and other natural stuff--in our "This Week at Hilton Pond" photo essay for 22-30 April 2009. To view the installment, please visit Nature Festivals: Sunny Florida & Appalachian Spring . As always we include a list of birds banded and recaptured at Hilton Pond during the period, few as they were.

Happy Nature Watching!

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Old 05-22-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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Arrow Hilton Pond 05/01/09 (Mayflower Quiz)

It's been a while since we posted a contest to our Web site, so "This
Week at Hilton Pond" we've designed a Mayflower Quiz. No, it's not a
test about your knowledge of the Pilgrims who landed at Plymouth Rock
but of plants we found blooming in South Carolina or West Virginia
during the first part of this month. To view our photo essay for 1-21
May 2009--and to see how many Mayflowers you can identify--please
visit Mayflower Quiz (The Blossoms Of May)

As always we include a tally of all birds banded or recaptured, and
there were quite a few of both during the period. Of particular
interest is a mug shot of a Prothonotary Warbler female in breeding
plumage--a species not previously reported as nesting in York County
SC.

Happy Nature Watching!

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OK, this looks fun. I'll start with trying to identify the first one.

Flower #1: Lib's ID>Bachelor's Button, Centaurea cyanus (non-native, invasive)
Flower #2: Cirsium's ID> Pink Ladyslipper, Cypripedium acaule (native)
Flower #3: Cirsium's ID> Riverbank Grape, Vitis riparia (native)
So close, correct answer was Frost Grape> Vitis vulpina (native)
Flower #4: swamp thing's ID> Cucumbertree, Magnolia acuminata (native)
So close, correct answer was> Umbrella Magnolia, Magnolia tripetela (native)
Flower #5: swamp thing's ID> Pinxterbloom Azalea, Rhododendron periclymenoides (native)
Flower #6: swamp thing's ID> Blackgum, Nyssa sylvatica (native)
Flower #7: Cirsium's ID> Milk Thistle, Carduus nutans?? (Non-native, invasive)
So close, correct answer was Bull Thistle, Cirsium vulgare (invasive)
Flower #8: Lorax' ID> Smalls Ragwort. Senecio smallii (native)
Flower #9: swamp thing's ID> Possumhaw, Ilex decidua (native)
Flower #10: Lorax' ID> 10 Strawberry Bush, Euonymus americanus (native)
Bonus Flower: Lorax' ID> Woodland Stonecrop, Sedum ternatum (native
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#2: Pink Ladyslipper, Cypripedium acaule (Native)
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Do we have to go in order? I am struggling to think of a pink flowering native vine and I can't see the leaves.

#4 Bigleaf Magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla
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Possibility for #3: Riverbank Grape, Vitis riparia (Native)
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I do think it is Vitis. The pink is throwing me off. Vitis riparia is a white to yellowish white isn't it? I've never seen one bloom pink like he said.
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The descriptions are below the photos - maybe you are looking at the wrong description for the flower??
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FLOWER #3: A dangling cluster of flowers like these--growing on a woody deciduous vine at Hilton Pond Center--could be produced only by one family. The hard part is figuring out the species.
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