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Bluebird Update 7/29/14 by , Ranger

July 30th, 2014

With only one active nest remaining in our six nest boxes, I feel confident in saying that there will be no further nest starts this season. The four bluebirds that are currently occupying the nest box at the Amphimeadow in Catch the Wind will most certainly be gone by next week’s inspection of the nest […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Beetles in our Midst by , Ranger

July 28th, 2014

Beetles are insects. They belong to an order of insects called Coleoptera which, translated from the Greek, means sheath wings. Beetles have two pairs of wings, the front of which are, in most species, hardened and serve to cover the hind wings, the flight wings, when not in use. When on foot, most beetles fold their […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Frogs Mature by , Ranger

July 25th, 2014

If you’ve walked through the Wetlands lately you may have noticed amphibians floating on the water or perched on sticks, logs, or rocks in or next to the water. The amphibians are two inches or so from the tip of their noses to the end of their bodies. Some of them are trailing tails, vestiges […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/22/14 by , Ranger

July 23rd, 2014

We are most certainly coming to the end of the nesting season. There is only one active nest, the Amphimeadow (AM) nest, and it has four fresh bluebird nestlings within. The nestlings haven’t yet opened their eyes so they’ll still be there when I make the rounds next week. All of the other five nest boxes are […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Stacked and Happy by , Ranger

July 22nd, 2014

The two sliders were just off the Main Wetlands Overlook. One might think from their situation that space was limited on the log that they chose to perch upon. There were no other turtles present. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Cuckoo and a Sphinx by , Ranger

July 21st, 2014

  There are three cuckoos in the east, mangrove, black-billed, and yellow-billed. You’d be lucky to see a mangrove cuckoo in its restricted range in Florida, you will not see one here in Durham, NC. Some would say that the other two cuckoos might just as well be restricted to the mangroves of Florida, it’s […] Read the rest of this entry »

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QUIZ ANSWERS by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

Answers to QUIZ TIME. And here’s why. We only have a front view of this bird. The light source is filtering through from behind, not great light. The bird in the photo is a buteo, not an accipiter (Cooper’s hawk). There are three buteos in our area at this time of year, Broad-winged, Red-shouldered, and Red-tailed […] Read the rest of this entry »

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A Most Interesting Encounter by , Ranger

July 18th, 2014

I was standing in the vending area of Catch the Wind talking to some of the Adventure On Summer Campers here at the Museum. One of the benches had tan and gray stains on the back rest of the bench and I was explaining how this residue was the result of Carpenter Bees digging holes […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 7/15/14 by , Ranger

July 16th, 2014

At this time in 2012 we had five empty nests and one active nest, the Cow Pasture nest. That nest was raided the very night following the nest box inspection, the eggs cleared out, I think by a raccoon. Last year at this time we had no active nests, the last one having fledged 5 […] Read the rest of this entry »

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