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April 4, 2018 Page 3B , orter MONROE OUTDOORS by Terry Johnson gazet this time of the actually petal-like leaves year when we (named bracts). If you look across the dosely, you will find the onroe County dogwoods small, greenish- countryside, we are treated to the breathtaking beauty of countless flowering dogwood trees in full bloom. These small showy trees thrive in our backyards, along city streets and beside county roads. Dogwood trees are also do- ing their best to bring beauty to our still barren TERRY W. woodlands. Surprisingly the blossom of the flowering dogwood is not white. According to botanists, what we perceive to be the creamy, white petals that form what we call a dogwood flower are yellow blooms at the center of the bracts. The dogwoods spring floral show would be enough to call the tree glorious. How- ever, as we all know, each fall the tree's shiny red berries and crimson leaves are key elements in our autunm JOHNSON leaf show. On top of that, the flowering dogwood is an important wildlife plant providing food for a broad range of wild animals ranging from tiny nectar feeders to black bears. Although the flower- ing dogwood is not consid- ered a great butterfly nectar plant, dogwood blossoms do offer pollen and some nectar to bees and other wild pollinators The flowering dogwood is also an important host plant for the dainty, bluish- gray spring azure butterfly and 115 other moths and butterflies. Flowering dogwood berries, seeds, leaves, and stems contain high amounts of fat, calcium, and fluorine. This is great news for the scores of wild animals that feed on these delicacies. Although the trees' tender sprouts and leaves are devoured by white- tailed deer, rabbits and even beavers, the flowering dogwoods berries (actu- ally drupes) draw the most attention. Each fall and winter The flowering dogwood is beautiful in Spring and Fall, provides nutrition for wildlife, birds and pollinators, has hard wood with many uses and is also medicinal. (Photo by Terry Johnson) scores of mammals and birds vie for the tree's an- nual crop of red berries and the seeds they con- tain. Eastern chipmunks, white-footed mice, striped skunks, gray foxes, and beavers compete with quail and wild' turkeys for the nutritious red morsels of food. While in many locales these animals alone could probably eat a tree's entire crop of berries, well more than 30 songbirds, wood- peckers and other birds ." relish the berries. This long list of diners includes " the likes of woodpeckers (red-bellied, downy, hairy, : red-headed, and pile- ated), American robins, hermit thrushes, common grackles, American crows, eastern bluebirds, mock- ingbirds, cardinals tree swallows, cedar waxwings and brown thrashers. I think you can see why it is next to impossible to find a flowering dogwood berry in spring. See DOGWOOD Page 4B l e ! By Rk-hard Dumas match and both doublesWilson winning 8-6. Pike forsyfh@mymcr.net matches in straight sets. County prevailed easily in No. 3 Preston Wilson fell No. 2 doubles with Carr With the regular season 1-6, 1-6 to Taylor County's and Ian Bettis falling to the coming to an end, the Zach Wilder. In No. 1 Pirates' Landon Watts and Mary Persons boys ten- doubles, the duo of Caleb John Tamko 2-8. The other nis team has fallen into a Wilson and Micah Wilson two matches Pike County slight slump as the Region dropped its match 0-6, 2-6 won were both close with 2-AAAA Tournament while in No. 2 doubles, Lee losing to Childs in No. approaches The Bulldogs MP's Jordan Carr and Seth 2 singles 8-9 in a tiebreaker dropped back-to-back non- Smith lost in two com-and the Wilson duo falling region matches last week pefitive sets, 6-7, 2-6. MP'S in No. 1 doubles 6-8 to after starting the season Tanner Lee won the first set Nate Richardson and Tripp with 10 wins in their first of his No. 2 singles match Larkey. 11 matches, before succumbing in three Meanwhile, the MP girls The MP boys tennis sets, 6-2, 3-6, 6-7. tennis team, 8-6 overall team, now 11-3 overall On March 26, the Bull-(3-2 in Region 2-AAAA), (4-1 in Region 2-AAA ), dogs were defeated for just also had a tough week, fail- fell 1-4 on the road at the second time this year, ing to win a single set in its non-region Taylor County losing 2-3 in a non-region two road matches. on Wednesday. MP's lone road match at Pike County. MP dropped its non- victory came in No. 1 Swars once again dominat- region match at Taylor singles where Chris Swars ed his No. 1 singles match County 0-5 on Wednesday, pounded Charlie Robinson 8-1 over Devin Smith. losing all 10 sets. MP's No. in straight sets 6-1, 6-0. MP was also victorious in 1 singles standout Cadi MP lost its No. 3 singles No. 3 singles with Preston Seitz lost 0-6, 2-6 to Taylor County's Mary Kate Eu- banks, Jackie Gore lost 0-6, 3-6 to Kyli Bane in No. 2 singles, and Emma Cantrell dropped her No. 3 singles match 0-6, 0-6 to Rachel Herring. In doubles, MP's top pair of Madeline Copeland and Reagan Dorrity fell 4-6, 4-6 to K.C. Paz and Kaleigh Harris while in No. 2 doubles, MP's Isabelle McCaskill and Anna Starr dropped their match to Callie Duncan and Payton Eubanks 2-6, 2-6. At Pike County on March 26, MP also lost all five pro- sets. Seitz lost 2-8 in No. 1 singles to Kaleigh O'Neal, Gore lost 3-8 to Andie Crenshaw in No. 2 singles, and Cantrell was defeated 4-8 in Bella Hollida) In doubles, MP's top duo of Copeland and Audrey Par- rott fell 3-8 to Taylor Smith and Emma Brisendine while the No. 2 pairing of Dorrity and Julia Rainey was defeated 1-8 by Han- nah Nauck and Mackenzie Cline. The Bulldogs' squads then wrapped up their regular seasons with home victories against non- region Lamar County on Thursday. MP seniors Ian Bettis, Jordan Carr, Madeline Copeland, Cadi Seitz, Seth Smith and Chris Swars were honored after the matches. Playing an unusual lineup on Senior Night, the MP boys defeated the rival Tro- jans 4-1. Lee moved up to No. i singles and blanked Charles Atkinson 8-0. Tucker Melton got the start in No. 3 singles and also shut out Vratik Soni 8-0. In No. 1 doubles, seniors Smith and Swars played together for the first time, pounding Levi Banks and David Langford 8-1 while Carr and Preston Wilson teamed up in No. 2 doubles to pound P.J. Kunst and Danny Chappell 8-0. MP'S lone loss came in No. 2 singles where senior Bettis was defeated 6-8 by Lamar County's Trey Arnold. The MP girls squad was even more dominant on Thursday, sweeping Lamar ' County 5-0 in its final ,! tuneup before region tour ney play. MP combined to lose just four games over five matches with Seitz blanking Marki Turner 8-0 in No. 1 singles, Gore shutting out Liana Bruner 8-0 in No. 2 singles and the No. 2 doubles team of Mc- Caskill and Rainey bageling Jocelynn Johnson and Mariana Rodriguez 8-0. In No. 3 singles, Cantrell eas- fly defeated Molly Strobel 8-1 while the most corn- petitive match came in No. 1 doubles where Copeland and Parrott prevailed 8-3 over Jude Ford and Shae 7 Thaxton. The Bulldog tennis squads were scheduled to . begin play in the Region 2-AAAA Toumament on Monday, April 9 at the condusion of MP's Spring Break. The region tourney . finals are slated for Thurs- day, April 12 at John Drew." Smith Tennis Center in Macon. MONROE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2018 BOYS TRACK TEAM: Coach Jarmarcus Johnson (Photo/Richard Dumas) Monroe County 2018 Brandon Alford Amarion Johnson:. Bobby Bond D.J. Martinez Jackson Campbell Briceton Outlaw JaMai Davis Jalen Swint. , Monroe County 2018 Niah Bigham Tenley Pelissier Serenity Bland Emme Peterman Hannah Colbert Demarria Scandrett Mary Kate Geer Keniah Thomas Genna Hallman Zkiria Thorpe Ah'Zoria Hardy Arizona Tyler Jaliyah Johnson Ruthie Woods MONROE COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 2018 GIRLS TRACK TEAM: Coach Lashasta Johnson (Photo/Richard Dumas)