Bluebird Update 7/1/14 by , Ranger

July 2nd, 2014

Here we are in July and we still have active nests. At last week’s inspection of the nest boxes, two were occupied by bluebirds. There are now three active nests. The nest at the Cow Pasture continues to offer shelter to four bluebird nestlings (above). It’s a tight fit inside that cedar nest box but […] Read the rest of this entry »

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What Happened to the Green Herons in the Wetlands by , Ranger

June 30th, 2014

I’ve seen zero activity this past week at either of the green heron nests in our Wetlands. I saw a heron flying away from the Wetlands Saturday (6/21) and one flew in to fish late in the day Wednesday (6/25). What has happened to the two heron nests that were started, completed and in which eggs had […] Read the rest of this entry »

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WOW by , Ranger

June 27th, 2014

This week’s Walk of the Week (WOW) here at the Museum is to a small patch of interesting plants which attract many different insects to both their tiny but potent flowers, and to its leaves (the stems and leaves are toxic, you can touch but don’t be tempted to eat them). While you’re there admiring […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/24/14 by , Ranger

June 24th, 2014

We currently have one nest with four yet to hatch eggs, and one nest with four nestlings. There are three empty nests. One nest has failed. The Cow Pasture eggs finally hatched. All four nestlings look to be in good shape. When I opened the side door of the nest box at the Bungee Jump […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Green Heron Nests, or Not? by , Ranger

June 23rd, 2014

Once again, Green Herons have decided to nest in our Wetlands. Two pair of herons have again concluded that our Wetlands is suitable for raising their young. We have enough food, shelter, and whatever else it is that herons seek when looking for a place to raise a family. The birds have chosen the same […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Odes by , Ranger

June 19th, 2014

Dragonflies continue to add to the color of the Wetlands. Carolina Saddlebags, Black Saddlebags, Great Blue Skimmers, and a Twelve-spotted Skimmer have enhanced the viewing pleasure while gazing out over the water of the Wetlands this past week. I even saw a species that I hadn’t seen here since 2010. There were also several female […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/17/14 by , Ranger

June 18th, 2014

We still have two nests with four eggs each and one nest remains a work in progress. The Cow Pasture and Bungee Jump nests both have four eggs apiece. I had predicted that the Cow Pasture eggs would have hatched by this week. I should stop making predictions, the occupants of the nest are still […] Read the rest of this entry »

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FOX by , Ranger

June 15th, 2014

Wild gray fox pups were first noticed here at the Museum sometime around May 17 on the north side of the Wetlands close to the Lemur House. The fox were in a hollow on the opposite side of the path from the Lemur House and were visible from the path through a narrow opening in […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Can you put a name on these leaves? by , Ranger

June 13th, 2014

Knowing the difference between the leaves in the accompanying photos can save you days of misery. But before I tell you what they are, have a look and see if you can identify them yourself. Had a good look? The photos were taken from the boardwalk leading into the Wetlands. The two sets of leaves were […] Read the rest of this entry »

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Bluebird Update 6/10/14 by , Ranger

June 11th, 2014

Things are moving along, albeit slowly. Three nest boxes are still empty, but progress is being made, all through the efforts of bluebirds. The nest at the Cow Pasture, which held four eggs last week, still holds four eggs. The female flushed from the box as I approached the pasture, she looks to be incubating. […] Read the rest of this entry »

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