Hutcheson returns with another surprise to share with those on the October
9th GEC Marsh Walk.
The marsh walk lead by Eileen Hutcheson for our October 9, 2007 meeting was
filled with surprises of the natural kind. Eileen's shear enthusiasm and
love of coastal Georgia's estuarine system and all the wonders it holds was
The marsh pickles were a surprise to many who had never considered all the
edible plant in the coastal Georgia estuarine system. Other plants were
steeped in Native American lore and ritual uses in purification ceremonies.
The Yaupon Holly (Ilex
vomitoria) was known as a holy drink,
high in caffeine and potent hallucinogenic properties, and a reputation for
emptying the stomach contents of those consuming the tea made from the
The number and density of the critters in the marsh grasses was amazing. In
just a few seconds, Eileen gathered three species of marsh snails, and then
it was off to explore the three species of fiddler crabs that were scurrying
back to their burrows.