Winner: Within these WWALS #2 2020-04-18

The winner of the second Within These WWALS contest is…

Shirley Kokidko, of Pearson, Atkinson County, Georgia!

She got a packet of WWALS photo notecards for Swamps and Springs from WWALS charter board member emeritus Bret Wagenhorst.

WWALS notecards, Swamps and Springs

Because all these plants and animals are found in the Okefenokee Swamp, headwaters of the Suwannee River.

Remember to send a comment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the titanium strip mine proposed near the southeast corner of the Swamp.

[Map: Floyds Island middle of Okefenokee Swamp]
Map: Floyds Island middle of Okefenokee Swamp
on the WWALS Suwannee River Wilderness Trail map.
The proposed Twin Pines Minerals Mine site is towards the lower right.

Quiz #4 will start shortly, but first, here are the answers to Quiz #2.

Name the flower:
Swamp orchid, Phaius tankervilleae.


Name this historic structure:
Floyd’s Island Cabin.


That’s on the Green Trail in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, which notes:

The Floyds Island cabin is deep in the heart of the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. This historic cabin was built by the Hebard Cypress Company and is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

**Currently, the historic Floyds Cabin is off-limits to visitors due to severe damage from a fallen tree early in 2019. The campsite is located immediately in front of the cabin.

Name the bird:
Wood stork, Mycteria americana.


Name this small frog with a call that sounds like two glass balls being rubbed against each other:
Southern chorus frog, Pseudacris nigrita.


Supply the name of the only WWALS waterway where all these can be found:
Okefenokee Swamp with the Suwannee River.

Remember to send a comment to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers about the titanium strip mine proposed near the southeast corner of the Swamp.

 -jsq, John S. Quarterman, Suwannee RIVERKEEPER®

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2 thoughts on “Winner: Within these WWALS #2 2020-04-18

  1. Bret Wagenhorst

    The ID of the frog is debatable based on the photo alone, so I went ahead and gave Shirley the benefit of doubt for her response of southern chorus frog. It does look like a southern chorus frog (or a juvenile form/variation of a southern cricket frog, according to a wildlife biologist friend of mine who studied Amphibians and reptiles at the Savannah River Site.) The cricket frogs often are sited as having a triangle color pattern in the back of their head, but my friend who is knowledgeable about southern frogs tells me that there is quite a bit of variety/variability in coloration patterns between local populations, and the Southern cricket frog is very commonly heard (not as commonly seen) in the Okefenokee Swamp.

    The clue about the sound it makes was meant to be the giveaway. The sound of two glass balls rubbing together is the classic description of a cricket frog call.

    I regret any confusion.

  2. Bret Wagenhorst

    You have mislabeled the scientific name for the “swamp orchid.”

    It is a rose pogonia, or pogonia ophioglossoides.

    Shirley’s response is “swamp orchid” is a common term used for this flower, along with a few other species. I gave her credit for her response, although it was not species specific.

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