Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What's In Bloom at Mtn Lake Biological Station

What's In Bloom

June 15, 2013

The following were in bloom along the Pipeline Trail - Cross Trail - Spring Trail - and Bear Cliff trail at the Mountain Lake Biological Station! (This is not an exhaustive account of what was recorded, just the highlights!)

You can join the What's In Bloom walk every Saturday at 10 am, meeting at the MLBS campus!

Fly poison, Amianthium muscitoxicum

Photo of Houstonia caerulea L.
Bluets, also called "Quaker ladies", Houstonia caerulea
Huckleberry, Gaylussacia baccatta

Galax, Galax aphyla

Squawroot or Bear corn, Conopholis americana
Canada mayflower, Maianthemum canadense

Wild sarsparilla, Aralia nudicaulis

Mountain laurel, Kalmia latifolia

Common cinquefoil, Potentilla simplex

Marsh violet, Viola palustris

Yellow slime mold, unknown

Buttercup, Ranunculus sp?
A red-backed salamander, Plethodon cinereus, found near the spring on MLBS

MLBS station manager with Mountain Lake Lodge guest, checking out the flaming azalea blooms, Rhododendron calendulaceum

Friday, June 14, 2013

Lake Update & Announcement of Public Presentations

Lake Level Continues to Rise

Persistent rains continue to add more water in to the lake this month. The water level currently at the peak level that it reached in 2012. Just a few feet from the "T-dock" down near the water's edge.
Photo taken June 12, 2013
Lake level on June 12, 2013
While the Mountain Lake Board was meeting on the mountain, a special tour was arranged to give these important members a first hand look at the lake's current status and recent mitigation work. Now that the majority of the holes through the bottom are believe to have been filled, close monitoring is needed to survey the piping hole and depression areas.

Below is a snapshot extracted from the presentation that Dr. Watts has created and shared with Mountain Lake staff summarizing the geology and recent research on the lake.

Hypothetical cross section through landslide showing piping holes and conduits beneath the Newport House. Piping holes now believed plugged with natural fill material from around the basin.


Join us on the mountain for the full presentation, shared by Mountain Lake Conservancy staff, free and open to the public on the following days in the coming month:

June 28 - July 13

Every Friday at 4:00 pm 

Every Saturday at 1:00 pm

Meet in the main lobby of the lodge to be directed to the meeting space for the presentation. Expect the presentation to last approximately one hour. A guided walk in to the lake bed will follow each presentation. 

Please contact the Mountain Lake Conservancy with any questions at MLC@MtnLakeLodge.com or 540-626-7121 x422

"Jump Rock", near the boulder field on the North end of the lake.
The transducer buoy - measures instant readings of lake level elevation.
Radford University & Virginia Tech geologist Dr. Watts explaining the lake history and mitigation process on a special pontoon tour with Mountain Lake board members and fellow science techs.
A spring flowing through colluvial rocks on the northeast slope of the lake bed.