April 5, 2013: Nine young men of River Watch had a Retreat based at the River Watch EcoHouse at Hornsby Bend. The night hike yielded a good conversation between two barred owls, enjoyment from the walk to the river and interest in the Stars. In the morning the River Watchers met up with Ecology Action Co-Director, Brent Perdue at the EA preserve just upstream and on the opposite bank of the river from where the River Watchers test at Montopolis Bridge. Brent told the story of the Preserve. Then we walked through the site identifying and playing with some of the native plants and the other plants too. River Watchers planted sprigs of native Eastern Gamagrass, Tripsacum dactyloides, and dispersed seeds of native local ecotype grasses gathered from some of our monitoring sites, Wildrye, Elymus sp, and Inland Sea Oats, Chasmanthium latifolium. The guys really enjoyed each other’s company and a good time was had by all.