International Rock Flipping Day

Rock Flipping EnvironsI asked my whole family to go with me… well, except Emily who is out of the country…  All the humans declined.  Only Lolli agreed to go.  It wasn’t raining THAT hard… Oh well, more fun for me.

I picked the creek at Bergman Park because it was close by and because there are always salamanders in it, even when it is dry.



Honestly, every 5th rock turned up a salamander.






I’m pretty sure there were at least four or five different kinds of salamanders.  I’ll leave it to the herp nerds to tell me what they are…

UPDATE 9/8/08:  Oops… Only two different kinds.  Sarah the herp nerd tells me that all of these are Dusky Salamanders, except the last one, which is a Two-lined Salamander.  Thanks Sarah!

There were lots of many-legged creatures, too, some who could twist and turn like a pretzel.



Many-legged Fellow

There were plenty of bugs, too… beetles and crickets and such that were too fast to photograph.  I also liked finding hidden homes, including one that was recently excavated.

Newly Excavated Hole

Another hidden hole

It was also nice just to see colored leaves or fossils. 

Fall - I mean Late Summer - leaves


I think International Rock Flipping Day is my new favorite holiday.

Compliments of Dave Bonta:

Rock-Flipping Day Reports

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Today is the Day!

Happy Sunday everyone!  And what a Sunday it is!  It’s International Rock Flipping Day!  Grab a camera or a sketchbook or a notepad.  Go outside.  Flip a rock.  Then record what you see!  If you don’t have your own blog or photo-sharing account, feel free to post a comment here with your results. You can even email me pictures and I’ll post them for you. JenniferSchlick at excite dot com!

Click here for some results from past years.

Happy hunting!