May 14 Blackwater Nottoway Riverkeeper Patrol

19 May
May 19, 2017

Bass Abudanza
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 14th through the 16th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 57 to 80 degrees and the water was 70 degrees. The river was terrible muddy. Read more →

May 7 Blackwater Patrol

12 May
May 12, 2017

Riverkeeper “Jacked” Up
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 7th through the 9th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 46 to 72 degrees and the water was 67 degrees. Those are mighty fine temperature ranges for Riverkeeper’s, fish and critters. Fine as that was, the trip did not start off so well. The water was high and so when we got to base camp I knew I was going to have a bit of trouble unloading all that equipment, well, more trouble than normal I should say. I was wearing my 17-inch boots but still, on the first foot out, I slipped and my leg went back under the boat and my boot filled up with water. Now 67 degree water ain’t that bad, been in it many times that cold and colder. The problem for me was that was my left leg, which being partially paralyzed in creates its own set of challenges out there for me anyway. So now I was sitting on the floor of the boat with my bad leg hanging outside of the boat with essentially a bucket full of water hanging on it, and now I was stuck!. Couldn’t get my left leg in the boat cause it was too heavy, couldn’t stand up because my tail was on the floor and right leg flopped over the seat. So I had to do some innovative maneuvering to say the least to get out of that predicament. But I finally did and wrestled my boot off my foot and got the boot emptied. Total time spent doing all that, 20 minutes. Hey, ya got to do what ya got to do! I was expecting the trash to be bad after those storms that came through before I left on this trip, but I actually was hard pressed to find any trash in the river. YEA! That allowed me more time to FISH for once. And fish I did. After inventing a new lure out of necessity, I proceeded to re-stock my fish fry reserves. I caught 14 jacks (chain pickerel) 5 largemouth to 2 pounds, and several yellow perch, speckle and brim. I had so many fillets I had to call my dad to bring me more ice! It was a lot of fun and I needed it after what I have been through the past month with my dental fiasco. Moonpies critter patrol was extremely active this trip, especially with the snakes. We saw five cottonmouth this trip. One small one was up in a bush, something I have never seen before in 50 years of being on the river and seeing 100’s of cottonmouth. We also saw the eagles and a juvy, a monster snapping turtle on a pine tree no less, that was odd. Then we saw one of the oddest things I have ever seen out there…well, okay I have seen a lot of strange things for sure, but this is another. We were fishing along and saw this really pretty orange belly watersnake laying on a log. As I looked at it though I noticed something else was there, two something else’s. As I moved in for a camera shot, I saw that it was two broad head skinks…right beside the snake and one saw us coming and took off running DOWN the back of the snake! The other just was laying there beside the orange belly and as I got my camera booted up, the lizard actually cuddled up tight, like it knew I was going to take a pic of the blaze orange BFF’s. Once again, never ever seen this before. I even ask a herpetologist friend of mine why the snake didn’t snack. He told me water snakes don’t eat lizards! Imagine that, in the cold blooded order of “Squatmata” there is harmony on the two rivers we call the Blackwater and Nottoway.
Note: Snakes and lizards are both members of the same “scaly” order of reptiles. Snake and lizard species together populate Squamata, the largest order of reptiles. The word “Squamata” means “scaly” in Latin, and the order includes both legged and legless reptiles.

April Meeting Minutes

12 May
May 12, 2017

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program April 12, 2017
As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary

The monthly meeting of the BNRP, held at the Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center, had eight people attending. Read more →

April 29 Blackwater River Patrol

03 May
May 3, 2017

Mnnnn, Motorboatin
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 29th through the 1st on the Blackwater below Franklin. Read more →

March 2017 Meeting Minutes

13 Apr
April 13, 2017

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program
March 8th, 2017
As recorded by John Bunch, acting Secretary
The monthly BNRP meeting, held at The Paul D. Camp Community College Workforce Center, had 8 people attending. Board Members were Jeff Turner, Anne Parker, Nancy Turner, Sherri Woodard, and Curtis Newsome. Bobby Turner, Scott Thomson, and John Bunch (acting Secretary) were also in attendance. John stood in as secretary as Felice was in Florida visiting her sister. Read more →

February BNRP Meeting Minutes

11 Apr
April 11, 2017

Blackwater-Nottoway Riverkeeper Program February 9, 2017
(Please note: January 2017 meeting was cancelled due to weather) As recorded by Felice Hancock, Secretary Read more →

April 1st Blackwater Patrol

10 Apr
April 10, 2017

Ditch of Despair
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 1st through the 3rd on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 43 to 72 degrees and the water was 58 degrees. The river was a little high and running like a ditch from those torrential rainstorms the day before. Read more →

March 9th Blackwater Riverkeeper Patrol

17 Mar
March 17, 2017

Say Whaaat Mr. Groundhog
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 9th through the 10th on the Blackwater below Franklin. Air temps ranged from 52 to 75 degrees and the water was 53 degrees. Read more →

March 4th Nottoway Patrol

13 Mar
March 13, 2017

Eagles Nesting
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 3rd through the 6th on the Nottoway below Courtland. The water was 48 degrees and clear and 5.68 on the USGS gauge at Sebrell. Read more →

February 23rd Blackwater Patrol

01 Mar
March 1, 2017

Blue Catfish Top Predator In Rivers
Spirit of Moonpie and I spent the 23rd through the 25th on the Nottoway below the Bronco Club. The water was clear and 53 degrees, air temps ranged from 46 to 80 degrees. Read more →