What's Your Nature?

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Encounters

One of my favorite features of the North Country is our beautiful skies. This morning the trees are outlined with snow and the colors of the sky were gorgeous. I love the nature in my backyard!

While renovating the campus nature trail, St. Lawrence Central High School students noticed a baby owl sitting on a fallen log. Striving to be a unnoticeable as possible, some of the bolder students crept closer for a photo op.

Sampling a tributary of the St. Regis River for macroinvertebrates yielded a small crayfish! The little arthropod was quite relieved to be returned to its habitat after St. Lawrence Central High School students had the opportunity to observe those mighty claws.

Out for a morning run I spotted this painted turtle by the side of the road. It didn't want to stay out for a picture so I crouched down and took an in-shell view. Was a beautiful morning for a run, where I saw a Great blue Heron hunting in some wetlands off of Eel Pond Rd. just a little further along the run. I love exploring these back country roads!

A few friends and I went to Robert Moses State Park in Massena, NY to do some birding. We were trying to find the Great Grey Owl which was spotted on several accounts this spring in the area. We did not see the owl, unfortunately. BUT! We did have a great encounter while feeding some chickadees. They flew right up and landed on our hands for a few seconds to grab a seed before flitting off again back into the brush. They were so friendly, we could have stayed all day to watch them! Thanks to the others on the trail who gave us seed :)

Took a very long wrong turn on the way to Vermont for the weekend, but the accidental detour paid off with an up-close red-tailed hawk encounter. It was either flying very low or on the road when we came over a slight hill, then swooped up and over our windshield, just missing the car. Got a great look at its outstretched wings (speckled/barred), white belly, and rust-colored tail.

Getting up at sunrise pays off. I saw this out my window, grabbed my camera,and ran outside without a jacket in order to capture this picture before the sun rose too high.

I jumped! As you can see, the toad is camouflaged very well on this log.

The sun was starting to set, it was cold and damp, everything was wet, and the fog made if creepy feeling someone was going to jump out at you...

It's always exhilarating to find a cardinal at my feeder! He patiently waited until his turn.

Students in my Vertebrate Natural History class and I had a great visit last night with Mark Manske, owner of Adirondack Raptors, helping him net and band saw-whet owls. Mark has both state and federal permits, plus years of experience in the safe, proper ways to work with raptors. On this project, he runs a saw-whet owl banding station, working to band the owls during their fall migration. These are the smallest owls in the northeast, weighing in at about 90 grams (=3 fat mice). They prey on deer mice and are preyed upon by larger owls, among other things.

Visiting my cousin in Brasher Falls, NY I have enjoyed the rushing waters of the St. Regis River and by the bridge is part of a wall that once was a Mill. The vines and vegetation that has grown over and around it has given it such character. Every season it stands with a beauty surrounded by the rushing water.

The St. Regis River in Brasher Falls has many areas of flat rocks that form pools. The reflection of a tree with its Autumn colors inspired this photograph.

It was amazing ..I always go out to barnhart picnic area and take my four goldens to stretch there legs..always hoping to see fawns and the momma..on my way home at the bottom of the road to turn to go home there they were twin fawns and there momma across the road just waiting for me..I watched them for a good 20 minutes it was like they were poising for me..awesome road trip my dogs were happy and tired and I was happy tooo. :)

Seen on two subsequent days while working on a job in North Lawrence.

Snapshots taken from winter, spring, and summer in Buckton. Each season provides its own opportunities for unique encounters!

Exploring the St. Regis River, and found some remnants of the dairy farms that used to cover the area.

Weeding in my flower garden today, I discovered powdery mildew on some of the Monarda. In the past I have sprinkled Sevin Dust on them but now would like to find a more organic remedy to rid the yearly appearance.

This was a photo I took on February 23rd, 2014 of my friend Alex Ball when we went fishing at the St. Regis River. The photo was taken from a bridge that goes over this part of the river.

Habitat Description: This photo was taken along a stretch of the St. Regis River. The St. Regis River is 86 miles long and originates from the St. Lawrence River and flows southward through New York. During my visit to the river, the majority of it was frozen over, but there was a small part of the river exposed.