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Some facts about the Common Eider:
The Canada goose is one of the best known birds in North America. It is found in every contiguous U.S. state and Canadian province at one time of the year or another. Even if you’re not a bird watcher, chances are you know what this bird looks like. It’s hard to believe there was a time when these birds were on the brink of being wiped out in North America.
While some geese migrate, some have adapted to changing environments and either shortened their migration patterns or have become permanent residents of parks, golf courses and fields across much of North America.
When the birds do migrate, they form impressive and aerodynamic “V-formations.” They can cover 1,500 miles in just 24 hours with a favorable wind, but typically travel at a much more leisurely rate. These noisy groups honk their way along established paths that include designated “rest stops.” These social birds remain in flocks year-round, except while nesting.
This is a common garter snake Michael found will doing some yard work around campus. Notice anything different about the snake's eyes? They're blue! A snake with blue eyes is getting ready to shed. This eye color change happens as a result of skin loosening and fluid building up between the old and new skin layers. At the peak of this transformation, the snake's eyes take on a milky blue or blue-gray color.
The Eastern Cottontail
The white-tailed deer are the smallest members of the North American deer family, and are found from southern Canada to South America. In the heat of summer they typically inhabit fields and meadows using clumps of broad-leaved and coniferous forests for shade. During the winter they generally keep to forests, preferring coniferous stands that provide shelter from the harsh elements.
Female deer, called does, give birth to one to three young at a time, usually in May or June. Young deer, called fawns, wear a reddish-brown coat with white spots that helps them blend in with the forest.
Did you know:
The spring peeper is a little frog with some amazing abilities
Despite being fairly large, the spotted salamander is actually pretty hard to, well, spot. These secretive salamanders spend almost their entire lives hidden under rocks or logs or in the burrows of other forest animals. The average life span in the wild is up to