Exploring Texas Natural History
“This year’s spring break trip participants (23 students and leaders) departed shortly after 04:00 hours on Saturday, 10 March, heading for Texas–open to letting the weather and our discoveries dictate our wanderings. As is the goal of the PenzinerMatson trips we had a diverse group of participants.
Daylight found us in Illinois, traveling west across the flat, till landscapes left by the Pleistocene glaciers. At Effingham, we turned south and soon were approaching the unglaciated, wooded hills of southern Illinois. New birds and plants were everywhere: White-tailed Kite, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Boat-tailed Grackles, etc. We spent several hours at Sea Rim State Park that allowed us to study coastal birds including Brown Pelican, Royal, Forster’s, Common, Sandwich and Caspian Terns, Laughing, Ring-billed, Herring and Bonaparte’s Gulls, American Avocet, etc. While much of the coast back from the beachfront was flooded and plants were inundated, Blanketflowers and several other species familiar to gardeners were blooming wild and natural.”
INTERESTED IN OTHER OFF-CAMPUS EXPERIENCES?
The Vicki Penziner-Matson Natural History Field Trip in Texas is just one example of the off-campus experiences available to Earlham College students.