Leave it to our friends at the J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge to come up with yet another way to enjoy nature that’s fitting for the times!
Refuge officials are excited to debut the new Plant ID on the Go virtual vegetation trail. There are virtual plant identification trails on Wildlife Drive, Indigo Trail, Bailey Tract trails, and Perry Tract.
Visitors just need to scan the QR code on each sign at the beginning of the trail. Most new iPhone and Android devices have automatic QR scanners. Older phones will require the NeoReader app.
When the QR code is signed, a PowerPoint presentation will identify native plants found in the area with photos and informative descriptions that include preferred environment and how wildlife benefits from them.
“Thanks to the great work of our visitor services team, we are able to offer plant-lovers and curious minds a paper-free, touch-free method of brushing up on their vegetation skills,” Supervisory Refuge Ranger Toni Westland said. “It’s a great way to hit the trail independently or in your own social distancing group. Get out to celebrate your national wildlife refuge, get some fresh air, and learn a few things!”