|Red Backed Salamander|
Another denizen of the woods was also captured. This time an American or Fowler's toad. I am not certain which species. In fact two of them were caught. The toads came as somewhat of a surprise because there does not appear to be any breeding pools on the campus for the toads. Toads can be fairly wide ranging though, and the golf course on the adjoining property has a pond or two.
In addition to the amphibians, a couple of reptiles were also found. Both of them from the same species, the Eastern Garter Snake. One was found in the woods, it was apparently on the prowl looking for its next meal. I am not certain where the other was caught but think it may have been found under one of the boards we laid out over the past 2 months. Snakes love to crawl under flat objects that absorb heat so they can warm themselves up.
|Look Closely To See Mon Just Taking Off|
As for the catching, it was 'catch and release' only. The herps were caught, bagged or put into other appropriate containers, brought to the meeting room and measured and photographed, then released back where they had been caught. By bringing them into the meeting room, everyone got a good opportunity to take a look at them close up. By releasing them, we all, especially the kids, got a good lesson in wildlife conservation.
Personally, I had been hoping to stumble across an Eastern Box turtle. That would have been a find nowadays although 30 or 40 years ago they were still fairly abundant in the area. No luck finding any of them but I think we did pretty good for our first LIHS Bio-Blitz and both old and young alike had a lot of fun.
All the best,