Intern Ellie: Starting Fires, Loons and Raspberry Honey
|Wood up close|
|pink lady's slipper|
This weekend was great even with the rainy days. I met an awesome nature interpreter in Branbury State Park, Rachelle, and she took me on a kayak trip to see the loons. They were nesting on an island. I got to see my first loon ever and the noise it made was amazing although you have to stay at a distance or else the loon can abandon there nest.
Both the male and female spend time on the nest. The name of the bird sounds like the noise they make which resonates within the lake. I have only been kayaking one other time and it was great. I hope to do it again this summer.
One fact I learned about Honey Suckle, an invasive species that the forest service is removing this summer, is that it's berry lack the nutritional benefits for the birds and although the birds feel full, they are not getting there proper nutrition which could lead to there decline in population.
|Sunset at Lake St. Catherine State Park|
Knowing Vermont was known for Cabot Cheese and Ben and Jerry's I knew eating here might be an issue being allergic to dairy protein (Casein and Whey). Luckily Vermont has amazing food co-ops and natural food selections where I can find food without dairy in it. My favorite food co-op find was a local honey with raspberry flavor and they have other flavors like lemon and blackberry which means I'll have to buy two of each next time I see it. Before I go home at some point I am definitely stocking up on Vermont natural food products.