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Butterflies are winged wonders! They taste with their feet and have a suction tube for a mouth. They live on every continent except Antarctica. Some can fly up to 37 miles per hour and they can see colors we cannot. Here are a few Fr. Ken found around campus...
The Osprey is a unique bird that is unmistakable when seen at close range. It is the only species in its family, and it is found worldwide. Fr. Ken spotted 5 on campus and was able to get these great shots! Keep an eye to the sky as you're enjoying the campus. WARNING: They are enjoying "lunch" in some photos!
Ospreys are superb fishers and eat little else - fish make up 99 percent of their diet. Because of this appetite, these birds can be found near ponds, rivers, lakes, and coastal waterways around the world.
A few years back the staff watched as a couple of osprey tried to build a nest on the telephone pole. They couldn't quite get the balance right and were unsuccessful. Perhaps they'll try again this year!
This is a common garter snake Michael found while 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.
Hundreds of kinds of hummingbirds nest in the American tropics, and more than a dozen in the western U.S., but east of the Great Plains there is only the ruby-throated hummingbird. It is fairly common in summer to spot it in open woods and gardens. Fr. Ken recently photographed this one on the Rosary Walk at St. Bonaventure!
You may spot one in your garden hovering in front of a flower to sip nectar or you can go searching on the Rosary Walk too.
They are impressive migrants despite their small size, some Ruby-throats may travel from Canada to Costa Rica. These tiny birds are able to beat their wings more than 50 times per second!
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 20 years!