On October 10, a group of our members had a very nice tour of Presquile NWR, courtesy of Cyrus Brame the refuge manager. Under some grey skies but no rain, we left the riverside promptly at 9 am and for an hour we boated around the island. While doing so Cyrus described the many features of the refuge for us and we had an opportunity to see some immature and adult Bald Eagles, Cormorants, Gulls, Herons, etc.,
Then we landed at the island’s wharf and trekked up to the meadow whereon we split into two groups. One walked north along the newly planted trees and onto the river overlook, the other to view another group of new trees and to the site of where the original Randolph house was Then onto a graveyard where another famous name in Virginia history is buried, namely a Page. The latter group had a chance to see a Butternut tree which is reportedly the largest east of the Mississippi, plus an Osage Orange. Each of them had shed their fruit. The Osage Orange produces a bright green ball about the size of a softball. The Butternut is walnut size.