Organism of the Day

A Regular Mountain Lake Natural History Essay Series

The Organism of the Day natural history display appears three times a week in the Lewis Hall foyer during the summer months.  Residents and station visitors enjoy interesting organisms found at or near Mountain Lake.  The tradition was started by then Station Director Henry Wilbur in the 1990s, and in 2010 Wilbur passed the responsibility for Organism of the Day to life-long station resident Hazel Galloway. Many thanks to Henry Wilbur, Mary Jane Epps, and Zack Murrell, who have lent some of their immense expertise to essays on organisms which fall into their fields! Organisms are always collected and released with as little harm done as possible.

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Past Essays

Tue, 2014-07-29 (All day) Great Blue Heron / Ardea herodias
Tue, 2014-07-22 (All day) Baldfaced Hornet / Dolichovespula maculata
Sat, 2014-07-19 (All day) Eastern Red-Spotted Newt / Notophthalmus viridescens
Thu, 2014-07-17 (All day) Cup Fungi /
Mon, 2014-07-14 (All day) Usnea Lichen / Usnea spp.
Fri, 2014-07-11 (All day) Spotted Coral-root Orchid / Corallorhiza maculata
Thu, 2014-07-10 (All day) Eastern Grey Treefrog / Hyla versicolor
Tue, 2014-07-08 (All day) Eastern Milk Snake / Lampropeltis triangulum triangulum
Thu, 2014-07-03 (All day) Ovenbird / Seiurus aurocapilla
Mon, 2014-06-30 (All day) Round-leafed Sundew / Drosera rotundifolia
Fri, 2014-06-27 (All day) Cave Salamander / Eurycea lucifuga
Wed, 2014-06-25 (All day) Christmas Fern / Polystichum acrostichoides
Mon, 2014-06-23 (All day) Carrion Beetle / Necrophila americana
Thu, 2014-06-19 (All day) Cedar Waxwing / Bombycilla cedrorum
Tue, 2014-06-17 (All day) Fire Pink / Silene virginica
Sat, 2014-06-14 (All day) Southern Flying Squirrel / Glaucomys volans volans
Thu, 2014-06-12 (All day) Pinwheel Mushroom / Marasmius rotula
Sat, 2014-06-07 (All day) Blueberry Leaf Spot / Exobasidium spp.
Thu, 2014-06-05 (All day) Flame & Roseshell Azaleas / Rhododendron calendulaceum & R. prinophyllum
Mon, 2014-06-02 (All day) Eastern Dobsonfly Larva (Hellgrammite) / Corydalus cornutus
Mon, 2013-07-29 (All day) Common Milkweed / Asclepias syriaca
Sat, 2013-07-27 (All day) Hexagenia Mayfly / Hexagenia limbata
Wed, 2013-07-24 (All day) Japanese Beetle / Popillia japonica
Sat, 2013-07-20 (All day) Bird's Nest Fungi / Crucibulum laeve
Mon, 2013-07-15 (All day) Wood Roach / Cryptocercus punctulatus
Wed, 2013-07-10 (All day) Jack-o-Lantern Mushroom / Omphalotus olearius
Mon, 2013-07-08 (All day) Indian Pipe / Monotropa uniflora
Fri, 2013-06-28 (All day) Dusky Arion / Arion (subfuscus?)
Mon, 2013-06-24 (All day) American Toad / Anaxyrus americanus
Fri, 2013-06-21 (All day) American Bullfrog / Lithobates catesbeianus
Wed, 2013-06-19 (All day) American Wintergreen / Gaultheria procumbens
Fri, 2013-06-14 (All day) Golden-backed Snipe Fly / Chrysopilus thoracicus
Thu, 2013-06-13 (All day) Green Frog / Lithobates clamitans melanota
Wed, 2013-06-12 (All day) Chicken of the Woods / Laetiporus sulphureus
Mon, 2013-06-10 (All day) American Black Bear / Ursus americanus
Fri, 2013-06-07 (All day) Flame Azalea / Rhododendron calendulaceum
Wed, 2013-06-05 (All day) Swamp Beacon / Mitrula elegans
Fri, 2012-08-03 (All day) Appalachian Brook Crayfish / Cambarus bartonii
Wed, 2012-08-01 (All day) Yellow Buckeye / Aesculus flava
Mon, 2012-07-30 (All day) Tar Spot / Rhytisma acerinum & R. punctatum