|Teta Kain telling me some of the history of Dragon Run.|
|Kayakers quietly fishing on Dragon Run, at Mascot.|
|Dragon Run after a rain|
But Teta certainly isn't the only one who is curious and cares deeply about Dragon Run. Teta drove us to the Friends' "Big Island" preserve further up river, to give us a walking tour through the forest there. As we finished up our walk, another FODR member drove in, with wet legs and muddy shoes. He was making his rounds to several locations up and down Dragon Run, wading into the swamp to check nesting boxes built for prothonotary warblers to see if they are inhabited. And he does this every week.
Although Dragon Run is difficult to access, Teta is not. She volunteers her time to lead paddle trips and walks through the woods, for anyone who asks. This spring, for about thirty days between April and May (the only time that the Dragon is fully navigable), she and other Friends members led daily kayak tours for over 280 people. This is the group's primary way of raising funds and a wonderful chance for the public to get up close to some plants, birds, insects, and fish that you can rarely see anywhere else.
|Bald cypress "knees"|