Karst Field Studies Course Summer 2014

Greetings,

The Department of Geography and Geology at Western Kentucky University and its partners encourage you to participate in the summer 2014 Karst Field Studies Program at and near Mammoth Cave National Park . Tentative courses this summer will include:
– Karst Geology, June 1-7, Dr. Art Palmer
– Exploration of the Mammoth Cave Area, June 8-14, Dr. Stanley Sides
– Cave Survey and Cartography, June 15-21, Dr. Pat Kambesis, with assistance from Mr. Howard Kalnitz
Take a class for fun as non-credit workshops OR courses may also be taken for graduate, undergraduate, or continuing education credit.
For more information about the program, courses, how to register, and instructors, please visit karstfieldstudies.com. But hurry, the deadline to reserve you spot is approaching fast…Friday, May 9. Space is limited.
If you have any questions please contact the Karst Field Studies Director, Dr. Leslie North, at leslie.north@wku.edu.
Please forward this message to your friends, students, staff, and/or colleagues. We need your help to spread the word far and wide!
“Like” us on Facebook at Karst Field Studies (WKU/Mammoth Cave).

Hope to see you this summer!

Dr. Leslie A. North

WNS Video

Attached is a link to a video put together and shared by Ravenswood Media.  This video was produced for the US Forest Service and holds interesting information about White Nose Syndrome.  

https://vimeo.com/76705033

76 Campout

We will be putting this together soon.  Typically this takes place in late October or early November of each year.  For more information, contact info@littleegyptgrotto.org

WNS Confirmed in Illinois

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) today confirmed the presence of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS), a disease fatal to several bat species, in four Illinois counties. The University of Illinois- Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS), the United States Forest Service (USFS)-Shawnee National Forest, the University of Illinois’ Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UIVDL), and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center-Madison, WI (NWHC) assisted in the discovery of WNS which was detected in LaSalle County in north-central Illinois, Monroe County in southwestern Illinois, and Hardin and Pope Counties in extreme southern Illinois.

Click here for full story.

Perry County, MO grotto sculpin

Visit the link below for more information about the current debate about the grotto sculpins in Perry County, MO.  (Link forwarded by SEMO Grotto)

MDC video talks about controversial grotto sculpin

 

Campout and Caving

The Little Egypt Grotto is in the process of planning our annual 76 campout for the weekend of March 8-10, 2013.  Trips into Mystery Cave as well as various other caves on the property are being planned.  Stay tuned for more details!

A little piece of Paradise

crevice1On Saturday, February 2, 2013 members of the Little Egypt Grotto were lead by Phillip Ellison and Erin Thomas to the Paradise Room of Crevice Cave.  Members along for the adventure include Ashlyn Ellison, Eric Ferre, Emily Ferre, Carl Ferre, Mihai Lefticariu, John Gulley, Amber Dry, Audrey Shire, Chris Thomas, and Kyle Thomas.  Our day started out with the usual Park-et breakfast and then it was off to the cave.  Once everyone was prepare for the day’s trek we headed to the entrance.  Upon arrival, it was discover that the entrance was completely sealed off with ice.  Determined to cave, Phillip grabbed a rock and began to hammer away at the ice.  Before long we were filing into the cave, one by one.  Our trip in was enjoyable; everyone seemed to like the variety of cave passage which included crawling, walking, and climbing.  Once we arrived at the Paradise Room we were anxious to share the prized formations that we had come so far to see before settling down for lunch.  Our crew agreed that the trip was well worth the venture.  We attempted a group photo in front of the largest formation using candle light and limited headlights.  Tea candles proved to be too small, but we now have an excuse to go back!  Everyone exited the cave tired and muddy.  To top off the day, we enjoyed dinner together at the local Mexican restaurant.  (Photos by John Gulley)crevice2

 

Mystery Cave trip- January 12, 2013

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On Saturday, January 12, 2013, Phillip Ellison and Erin Thomas lead new LEGers Audrey Shire and Amber Dry through Mystery Cave.  This was Audrey and Ambers’s first wild cave tour.  Due to poor weather predicted for the afternoon, our trip was limited to a few hours in the morning and only the upstream passages.  We spent the morning exploring the cave at a leisurely pace, taking the time to scrutinize formations and look for fossils in the steam bed.  Our trip was a success and enjoyed by our new members. (Photo by Audrey Shire)

Karst-O-Rama

July 12-14, 2013-Greater Cincinnati Grotto is “Simply Caving” at Karst-O-Rama for our 21st year at Great Saltpetre Cave Preserve in Mt. Vernon, KY! Registration is limited to NSS/Grotto members only with the option to sponsor up to a total of three (3) non-member guests. There will be an abundance of cave trips and many family-friendly activities including Kids Corner, climbing contest, photo contest, map contest, survey class, vertical workshop, geology field trip, gear vendors, and more! Pre-registration incentives will be offered. To learn more, visit our website: http://karstorama.com and like us on Facebook for updates.

Next Meeting

Day: first Wednesday of each month

Location: Parkinson Auditorium on SIU-C Campus – go up the steps and turn left. The 2nd or 3rd room. Follow the mud trail.

Time: 7:00 PM