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When going to the wild center at Tupper Lake, there were several exhibits one of them being the Oxbow marsh which is home to various bird species like the wood duck. North America is the home to the wood duck, it can be identified by its colorful feathers. Wood ducks can mainly be observed near large bodies of water or swamp like marshy areas, they are unique as they nest in trees. Wood ducks eat fruit, insects and fish. I chose this picture as the wood duck is a beautiful animal and are not seen as often as mallards and other common ducks.

I've never seen a porcupine so close before. It was very interesting to be able to get that close up view.

I saw this fish swimming around with a turtle at the Wild Center, and snapped a shot while it was alone in the frame. I believe this is a lake trout, a freshwater fish with a long body, a forked tail and a squat head. This species is typically gray and covered with cream spots, which are faintly visible here. In the North, they reside in shallow lakes and rivers, and feed on mainly other fish but also insect larvae and plankton. Lake trout are commonly fished for sport and in the Adirondack region they are threatened by overfishing.

For lab we went to the Wild Center in Tupper Lake. I wasn't sure what to expect, when I arrived I was blown away. The place was amazing. First we were learning about "Planet Adirondack", after that they brought out an owl and a porcupine. I was very shocked we were able to take photographs with flash of the owl. I am very happy we were able to, I got a few neat photographs of Olivia the owl. We had plenty of free time to walk around and explore the Wild Center. It was such an incredible place.

Habitat: Indoor; Bred in capitivity

Natural History: As these animals are bred indoors, there is not much as to the natural history of their environment, but there is one of the area itself. The Town of Tupper Lake comprises 76,168 acres of rolling upland, originally covered with a magnificent forest of mixed softwood, sprinkled liberally with palatial lakes, winding rivers and sparkling brooks. Has been very influential in the logging industry, especially after the American Revolution.

Look for this encounter featured in the January/February issue of Adirondac Magazine!

This was the perfect Adirondack winter climb...cold temps, cobolt blue sky, a trusty partner and a picturesque mountain. Route was about 12 miles with roughly 4,150 feet of elevation gain. The red line is for photo inset reference ONLY, not as a defined route; conditions change by day.

Full details at: http://forums.adkhighpeaks.com/showthread.php?t=20607

Animal Evidence/Plant Photo

I took this photo on a class trip for Natural World. There is evidence of a porcupine feeding on a beech tree. The porcupine feeds on the the tree for the nutritious outer sap and bark. I was attracted to this photo in part because of the interesting patterns the porcupine has created on the bark of the tree. The habitat here is a a mixed hardwood forest on the Raquette River.

Landscape Photo

This is a photo of Whiteface Mountain from the top of Killburne Slide in the Adirondack High Peaks. I like this photo because it is simply a great view of one of the highest peaks in the Adrondacks. The habitat is alpine hardwood forest.

Landscape Photo

This is a section of fairly steep ice on an Outdoor Program trip I went on in February. We climbed this section and ascended the entire Killburne Slide. I was attracted to the photo because of the interesting ice formations. This is an alpine hardwood forest habitat.

The beech tree grows most abundantly in North America and Europe where the weather is more temperate. The most prevalent beech in the North Country is the American beach, which is best described as having sleek bark and slender branches with an overall very clean appearance. Beech trees are not commonly found in cities due to the pollution and carbon monoxide emissions. These emissions detract from the pure natural beauty the tree can experience when located in a less urban environment. Currently there are two diseases affecting the Beech tree, mildew and Beech Scale Disease.