Inside The Tennessee Conservationist

March/April 2017

Featured Article:

Tennessee Mycology

By Nia A. Davis

Tips on observing, collecting and identifying mushrooms are outlined by Nia A. Davis in The Tennessee Conservationist magazine’s March/April 2017 featured article, “Tennessee Mycology.”
“Learning a handful of tricks used by mycologists, or scientists who study fungi, will advance a naturalist’s repertoire of knowledge,” Davis writes. Davis served three summers as a Tennessee State Parks seasonal interpretive naturalist and is a biology and ecology graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro.

False Turkey Tail, a concentric mushroom, seen at Cedars of Lebanon State Park. Photo by Nia A. Davis.

An Array of Citizen Science Opportunities

By Rosanna O. Salmon

From road kill surveys to reporting on birds, bumblebees, fireflies, water quality, weather, cattails and much more, this article describes many avenues available for each of us to participant in “citizen science.” Salmon lives in Middle Tennessee and has worked as a park naturalist in the Volunteer State and in Louisiana. 

A rain gauge at Rock Island State Park is monitored by Ranger Nat Garrison. Rock Island has been a part of the National Weather Service's Cooperative Observe Program since 2010. 

Meet the Louisiana Waterthrush

By  Stefan Woltmann

For local birdwatchers and naturalists, the Louisiana Waterthrush is always a welcome harbinger of spring. Author of the article “Meet the Louisiana Waterthrush,” is Stefan Woltmann, assistant professor at Austin Peay State University’s Center for Excellence in Field Biology in Clarksville. Woltmann clarifies that the Louisiana Waterthrush “…is not restricted to Louisiana and is not a thrush…it’s actually a New World warbler, a group of small, often colorful insect-eating birds most of which either migrate through Tennessee in the spring and fall or nest here in the summer.”

A Louisiana Waterthrush considers its next move from a small perch in the middle of a stream. Photo by David Magers. 

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