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Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
Stop by and say hello Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dino Trail.

If you need further proof…

February 27th, 2013

that spring is in the air, take a walk along your favorite hiking trail, around the block in your neighborhood, or better yet, come on over to the Museum and stroll around Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind.

Take a look at just a few of the things I’ve been noticing:

This male Northern Cardinal is not the only cardinal belting out a sweet tune, there were several more within ear-shot of this crimson clad Cardinalis.

During the past few weeks, I’ve noticed our resident Eastern Phoebe making occasional trips under the boardwalk. Phoebes have nested under the boards since I’ve been at the Museum (5 years).

Then, on Friday (2/22) I heard a ruckus over by the Wetlands Overlook. It was a phoebe calling out loudly from the willows just north of the overlook. It wasn’t the namesake “fee-be” call of the bird but a loud chip and chatter that the birds make when they’re excited about something.

Naturally, I wanted to know what was going on with this bird, and then I saw it, another phoebe was perched a dozen feet away in one of the willows. Both birds called out to each other and seemed very excited, pumping their tails rapidly. Was this our bird’s mate, returned from some southern retreat?

Not apparent in this photo is this bird’s interaction with another phoebe nearby.

The Red-shouldered Hawk’s presence in the Wetlands has increased, both soaring overhead and hunting while perched among the willows.

This hawk takes a break from soaring and screaming to see if it can catch a meal.

I can’t end this post without mentioning the Red Wolves. If you’ve read this journal in the past week or so, or visited the Red Wolf Enclosure in person, you’re probably already aware that they (the wolves) have been attempting to make an addition to theĀ Red Wolf population. You’ve probably seen enough pictures of the pair, or have seen them mating in person, so there’s no need to show more images of the same. So I’ll close with these few images of the pair.

The male (left) and the female on Thursday afternoon (2/21).

Our male Red Wolf, a handsome brute.

Are you still reading? Get outside and have a look around!

Join the conversation:

  1. Ranger Greg, I love all your museum spring photos (esp the ones of the new male wolf interacting with the museum’s female)!! If Annie of the Butterfly house doesn’t find any black widow spiders in those blocks, I’m way positive there are some living in my water meter less than a mile away from the museum. Every time I’ve cleaned the leaves out, have found a black widow spider and her egg cases!!!

    Posted by dj
  2. Ranger Comment :

    And, I will pass along your info on the black widows to Annie and the rest of the Butterfly House crew, they’re always looking for black widows, especially during the colder months of the year.

    Posted by Greg Dodge

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