Fall Posts

Colors by , Ranger

November 15th, 2013

Just some pictures shot in Explore the Wild. Now that we have turned our clocks back an hour, closing time here at the Museum is actually an hour later than in previous weeks. Photographically speaking, the lower sun makes for better light and reflections in the Wetlands’ water See you next time! Read the rest of this entry »

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Cold Front by , Ranger

November 14th, 2013

I was expecting big things after the passage of the cold front on Tuesday evening. The next morning I anxiously took a look around the grounds for any birds that may have come in behind the front. I was secretly hoping for a Northern Saw-whet Owl. I’ve looked for saw-whets every year here at the […] Read the rest of this entry »

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The Pellet by , Ranger

November 13th, 2013

Back from the weekend and on my first walk around the Outdoor Exhibit Loop I noticed three gray masses of debris on one of the copper-topped posts of the boardwalk in Explore the Wild. It was obviously a pellet. What’s a pellet? Basically it’s a regurgitated mass of animal parts, bones, fur, or feathers which […] Read the rest of this entry »

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The Life O’ possum by , Ranger

November 11th, 2013

After hearing the sad news about the passing of Galileo, the Museum’s resident, exhibit opossum, and talking with Keepers Sarah and Jessi about the longevity of said animals, I decided to do a little research. I suppose I should have known opossums have a short life span. I mistakingly assumed they lived perhaps 4, 5, […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Out and About by , Ranger

November 8th, 2013

Among other creatures out and about this past week were a late season dragonfly, basking turtles, basking bullfrogs, and basking mergansers. And finally… There’s much going on out in the Wild, come on out and see what you can find.   Read the rest of this entry »

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The Anatomy of a water drip, sort of. by , Ranger

November 6th, 2013

While watching the mergansers enjoy themselves in the rain last week I happened to notice a steady stream of water dripping off one of the large green umbrellas on the Main Wetlands Overlook. The water dripped into the water a foot or so from the platform. I decided to try and capture the various stages of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Who’s afraid of a little rain? by , Ranger

November 4th, 2013

It began to rain towards the end of the day last Friday. It had been threatening to do so all day and finally did around 3 o’clock that afternoon. People tend to clear out of the area when the rain starts in earnest. However, the wildlife is still there to see. The Great Blue Heron, bullfrogs, […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What’s all the fuss about? by , Ranger

November 1st, 2013

Ah, nature…peaceful, quiet, serene, all creatures living together in perfect harmony. Not hardly! When I arrived at the Wetlands on Wednesday morning (10/30) I heard the unmistakable rattle of kingfishers. There were two female kingfishers in the Wetlands. As I watched, one of the birds flew over to a birch snag next to the Wetlands […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Great Blue, the Moon, Seeds Ready to Fly, a new Ode, and a Returnee by , Ranger

October 30th, 2013

Hidden most of the day, our Great Blue Heron can often be seen on the far side of the Wetlands waiting for us humans to leave for the day. The skies were clear most of last week providing the opportunity to see the waxing gibbous moon each morning. Groundsel Tree is nearly ready to cast […] Read the rest of this entry »

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In Celebration of Yellow Rumps, Ruby Crowns, and Blue Heads. by , Ranger

October 28th, 2013

I saw the first Yellow-rumped Warbler of the season here at the Museum on October 10, just two weeks ago. The chilly northwest winds of the latter part of last week brought in masses of them. When this occurs, as it does every year at this time, I usually sift through them for other migrants […] Read the rest of this entry »

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