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Bird club peeks into the dismal swamp

The Margaret Watson Bird Club will host a program about Virginia’s Great Dismal Swamp 6 p.m., Sept. 6, at the Farmville Presbyterian Church located at 200 West Third St., Farmville. The presenter, Teta Kain, brings with her a lifetime of experiences. Participants are asked to bring a covered dish.

Mysterious. Beautiful. Frightening. Unique. Those and many other adjectives have been used to describe the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, an immense tract of low-lying wetland located in southeastern Virginia.

Somewhat tamed by a system of drainage ditches and crisscrossed by a series of roads, the swamp is still a place of mystery and conjures up fear in the hearts of many. In reality it is a goldmine of wildlife and plants, many found nowhere else but the swamp. And sitting in the heart of the refuge lies Lake Drummond, one of only two natural lakes in the state.

Kain has visited the swamp many times, assisting with bird surveys, participating in butterfly and bird counts, leading field trips, and enjoying private photographic safaris to all parts of the refuge. From cold wintery mornings to beastly hot July afternoons, Kain explores the wonders of the flora and fauna of this paradise of birds, butterflies and other natural wonders.