BAINBRIDGE — ARC of Appalachia will host its annual Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend April 12-14 at the Highlands Nature Sanctuary Appalachian Forest Museum. The weekend’s topic will be “Signature Animals of the Great Eastern Forest.”
Participants will spend the daytime hours hiking in several forested areas of the Sanctuary and will attend evening learning sessions.They will need to provide their own transportation to the trailheads.
Researcher Cheryl Mollohand will present a program on Allegheny Woodrats, an endangered species in Ohio. Fewer than 100 of these animals are known to be alive at this time. She will also discuss “The Bob Cat, an Ohio Native and Recent Re-Colonizer” in a separate presentation. The Bob Cats have been returning to Ohio after an absence of about 100 years. Her presentation will share information about the establishment of new Bob Cat dens in the state.
Researcher Kelly Williams’ topic for the program is “The Secret Lives of Hooded Warblers.” She will discuss the nesting habits of the birds based on observations of recent breeding seasons.
Researchers Denis Case and Rita Apanius will share the story of tracking Ohio’s Timber Rattlesnakes with radio telemetry during the past 17 years. Case and Apanius have been working on this project with the Division of Wildlife and have recorded about 1,000 encounters with the 14 snakes who have been part of the project.
An optional photography workshop, offered by Tom Croce, at additional cost will occur concurrently with the pilgrimage weekend.
Registration for the program, which will include meals, can be completed at arcofappalachia.org/annual-wildflower-pilgrimage.