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Great Blue Heron & Hooded Merganser
in our pond and at Tidmarsh
Some facts about the Great Blue Heron:
Some facts about the Hooded Merganser:
The pond by Fr. Ken's house is home to a few snapping turtles.
Michael Richard was lucky enough to catch this turtle building its nest near the pond. They create their nests in spring and summer, usually beginning around April. They dig their nests in dry, sandy areas and lay between 20 and 40 eggs. Sometimes they lay more than this, and they can even lay 100 eggs in a single nest!
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 praying mantis is named for its prominent front legs, which are sometimes bent and held together at an angle that suggests the position of prayer.
Even though they often hold a prayerful stance these fascinating insects are formidable predators.
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