Friday, September 25, 2009

Summing up: Rock Flipping Day 2009

The last entry for Rock Flipping Day 2009 has come in, I think, and it's time to do a bit of a wrap-up.

  • 35 people posted photos and/or wrote blog posts. A few others flipped rocks, but didn't post, among them my niece and her kindergarten class. Great excitement, lots of bugs, no camera, no blog. E., at Cicero Sings, flipped "lovely rocks" on the riverside, but didn't get home in time to make Sunday's list.
  • The youngest Flipper, as far as I can tell, was almost 2 years old. The oldest? Maybe me, weighing in at 67. (Challenges welcome. Please.)
  • Countries represented: Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, and the US.
  • Biggest critters? Several snakes, including a cottonmouth in classic ambush position. (The 14th photo in the post.) Scary!
  • Smallest? Springtails, probably.
  • Most of one kind. Ants, I think. Almost everybody found ants.
  • Mystery solved: Dr. Omed's beetles have been identified. Still a mystery: Ange's egg masses. And I think my eggs are slug eggs. Or maybe snails. I'm keeping an eye on them.
Overall, it was a fun time again this year; a great line-up of enthusiastic Flippers and interesting discoveries. Special thanks, again, to Cephalopodcast, who made the Junior Flippers badge after a midnight appeal on Saturday. And to Dave and Bev, who came up with the whole idea in the first place.

I'm looking forward to next year's Rock Flip already!

Plenty of rocks here, just waiting for 2010.

A Skywatch post.



  1. Anonymous9:03 pm

    Wonderful shoreline view!
    Rock flipping day sounds really fun!

  2. I was with you in spirit, but didn't find a rock to flip on Alaska Airlines. I hope to be on terra firma next year to participate. - Margy

  3. It would be a pleasure to flip rocks looking out at that sky.

  4. Thanks, all! Margy; You do get around. We'll count on you next year, though. It's OK to be a day late or early, you know.


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