Brownies Find Flowers, Fungi, Swallows and Skinks

Brownies enjoying their hiking adventure!

Brownies enjoying their hiking adventure!

Last weekend six adventuring Brownie Girl Scouts, their troop leaders, and two Girls Outside guides hiked Ijams’ Meads Quarry and Ross Marble areas. The young hikers had eagle eyes and spotted so many neat things — almost immediately they sighted Tree Swallows circling nearby and a Turkey Vulture soaring on the horizon. Lemon trillium wildflowers were blooming down in the old quarry, and beautiful large shelf fungi were growing out of the trees. One hiker spotted a tame skink that everyone got a good look at! Last October these girls looked for birds with Girls Outside at one of their troop meetings. This was their long-awaited chance to get on the trail with G.O. and try out their binoculars and guidebooks in the field. At the end of the hike, girls mentioned seeing birds and the snack break as being highlights. One girl told us she had never been on a hike before — so glad she got to go on her first one with us!

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