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24 Hours of Stink: The Voyage from the Swamp to Pettigrew

May 13, 2014

Tuesday, May 13

Tonight we had showers for the first time since we left Raleigh. We have finally arrived at Pettigrew State Park, our base camp, where we will be exploring all the great wildlife of the pocosins. Below are photos of all activities done today.

Waking up this morning along Upper Deadwater Creek: Sleeping on the platform, I still felt the rocking of the canoe and woke up to songs of the swamp canary.
Waking up this morning along Upper Deadwater Creek: Sleeping on the platform, I still felt the rocking of the canoe and woke up to songs of the swamp canary.

Brittany is pondering the nutritional value of crayfish.
Brittany is pondering the nutritional value of crayfish.

Here is an assortment of dragonfly nymphs, crayfish and minnows from our macroinvertebrate sampling.
Here is an assortment of dragonfly nymphs, crayfish and minnows from our macroinvertebrate sampling. Not included in this photo: water scorpions, leeches, tadpoles and snails.

Shaliek tests a replica of a Native American dugout canoe. Our canoes were not as primitive but we canoed about three miles today, a task made much easier by our prior practice.
Shaliek tests a replica of a Native American dugout canoe. Our canoes were not as primitive but we canoed about three miles today, a task made much easier by our prior practice.

We listened to superintendent Doug explain the history and wildlife of the area while a stuffed mountain lion prepared to attack Brittany's elbow.
We listened to superintendent Doug explain the history and wildlife of the area while a stuffed mountain lion prepared to attack Brittany’s elbow.

Guess which foot(print) belongs to a juvenile black bear.
Guess which foot(print) belongs to a juvenile black bear.

A number of fish had become separated from the lake when the water control gate was closed to the canal. We stopped and assisted park workers in moving them.
A number of fish had become separated from the lake when the water control gate was closed to the canal. We stopped and assisted park workers in moving them.

Megan shows us one of the two largest fish to be removed from the canal — a longnose gar. This was also one of the last fish removed due to the extreme effort required to catch it — he was feisty!!!!
Megan shows us one of the two largest fish to be removed from the canal — a longnose gar. This was also one of the last fish removed due to the extreme effort required to catch it — he was feisty!!!!

Walking on the newly finished boardwalk trail we found our second rat snake of the day, this time a juvenile (our first was a beautiful green rat snake in the swamp)!
Walking on the newly finished boardwalk trail we found our second rat snake of the day, this time a juvenile (our first was a beautiful green rat snake in the swamp)!

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  1. Kevin Butler (probably related to Dr. Eric Butler) permalink
    May 14, 2014 7:46 pm

    I’m so impressed, you folks! What a great trek, and it sounds like good spirits — all from many who haven’t traveled like this before. You are the coolest.

    Sounds like you’re having a great adventure, and have seen the prints of your first bear, if not the bear itself. Happy hunting.

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