Fall Posts

Lost Dinner by , Ranger

November 18th, 2013

As I walked down the boardwalk into Explore the Wild, I noticed nine or so mergansers fishing for bullfrog tadpoles next to the boardwalk at the point where in goes to pavement. One of the birds was violently shaking something in its bill. I thought it a tadpole and tried to capture an image of […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Out You Go! by , Ranger

November 16th, 2013

It didn’t take long for our Great Blue Heron (GBH) to roust out our visiting Great Egret. The heron had been absent for most of the day. Upon returning in the evening he circled the Wetlands once, spotted the intruder and made a direct assault on the unsuspecting egret. The GBH came in and landed within […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Visitors by , Ranger

November 15th, 2013

There’s a Great Egret dead center in the above photo. Great Egrets are infrequent visitors here at the Museum. I believe the last one that I saw here was in 2012 during the August heat. Most sightings are during the winter, however. The winter of 2011/2012 was busy with herons and egrets. A Great Egret […] Read the rest of this entry »

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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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