Adventure with The Feral Nut
(Mark Pankowski,Rockville, MD)
This 2 1/2 hour family nature walk and wildlife discovery program features an exploration of the Yougiogheny Wild and Scenic River with snake and reptile guru and All Earth Eco Tours guest instructor, The Feral Nut (14K Instagram Followers).
You will explore with Mark learning about and looking for a wide variety of reptiles and amphibians along Marylands's only Wild and Scenic River Trail, in Friendsville Maryland
. You will discover and learn about likely hiding places and the ways and habits of our creepy and crawly animal relatives. Sometimes we go up river and sometimes down.
Expect to maybe get a tad dirty and be sure to bring cameras for photos. Mark is an expert at finding creatures both great and small so this promises to be a great time for young and old wildlife fans and nature lovers. Dress for the weather and wear suitable footwear. Program runs rain or shine.
"My name is Mark Pankowski, I’m from Rockville, MD. I’ve always enjoyed looking for critters out in nature, but I especially got into the “exotic” ones over the last 3 or 4 years. My favorite snake is the Eastern Hognose, named for their upturned snout (used for burrowing!) but known for their ability to play dead & their insane colors! Every animal truly has an incredible story, and I love telling them. Insane evolutionary processes, weird behaviors, crazy interactions with humans over the last few decades. Even if you don’t consider yourself a reptile nerd, you will be intrigued. But moreover, the fall is often my favorite time to look for reptiles and amphibians. Being a transition to winter, species are often moving to get some last minute hunting in. Additionally, eggs laid in the spring have now hatched- it’s baby season! We can certainly expect to see some cool species."
Covid 19 safety precautions in full effect - masks required when walking in a single file and when social distancing cannot be maintained.