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Encounters

This is a great short hike that is usually pretty secluded. With a dozen cars at Lampson falls that day, this was perfect.

A group doing trail work picked up a pile of mulch and found several star-nosed mole babies. We had never seen a star-nosed out here, much less babies, so were very excited by the find. The nest was quickly replaced and work moved from the area to leave them to grow.

A dreary day, but still made for a nice spring hike to Huckleberry Lake. Plenty of geese, and even a couple of loons on the lake.

There was a cluster of phragmites located behind the E.J. Noble medical building bordering the St. Lawrence University golf course.

The crisp, bright morning was perfect for a hike along the Lost Pond nature trail. This is a wonderfully laid out trail that loops around Lost Pond and treks through several different forest systems. I just missed the state stocking trout into Cranberry Lake by a half hour, but there was still plenty of fish hanging around the boat launch. A very nice and easy short hike.

It was a cool, mostly cloudy day and I went to Higley Flow State Park with my herpetology class. I flipped over a large, decomposing log and found this adult spotted salamander. It was a female who had already laid her eggs.

I was out herping and flipping rotting logs when I found this Red-backed salamander under one. The day was about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but felt a little colder because of cloudiness and a slight breeze. I was on one of the trails at Highley Flow State Park with a bunch of classmates for lab.

On my last herping trip for my herpetology class we went to the glenmeal state forest to try to find evidence of herps in an evergreen forest rather than a deciduous forest. We didn't have much luck at first compared to a deciduous forest. After about an hour of walking through the woods I found this red-backed salamander (plethoden cinerus) in underneath a log.

Out off the Kip Tract with my herpetology class, it was 39 degrees and raining. My classmates were finding amphibians such a redbacks salamanders, newts, and even a few blue spotted salamanders but I was fortunate to find the lone reptile, this lethargic garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis). I got to pick him up and I think he was very appreciatative of my bodyheat.

While out on my last trip for my herpetology class to the Higely Flow State Forest I found this small spotted salamander underneath a log. The log was cut into pieces by a chainsaw, and other pieces of the entire tree were scattered in the area. This tiny spotted salamander didn't move much when I first picked it up but after more people gathered to see, it started walking around my hand. It moved very slow, so my herping partner Sam decided to name it Wheels. No more than 10 feet away from wheels underneath a similar log was another tiny spotted salamander too!