After yesterday's rain, today's clear sky and sunshine were welcomed, but the drop in the temperature and blustery winds were not ideal for wildlife observations from the boardwalk. The Spotted Turtles (Clemmys guttata) were out at #104 and beavers (Castor canadensis) had been busy chewing on a Spruce Pine near the swamp's current edge at #114. At the Meeting Tree (#120), we saw a Pileated Woodpecker (Dryocopus pileatus) enter a circular hole, possibly a nesting cavity, and saw a Carolina Chickadee (Poecile carolinensis) foraging low in the trees.
After some tremendous help with editing the Beidler Forest boardwalk-specific app and planning for the herp-themed summer camp, Meghan helped scout sites for summer camp cover boards that will attract amphibians and small, non-venomous snakes for campers to observe. Wow! Not only did we get out of the office for half of the day, but we received valuable 7th-grader insight as we plan for an exciting summer camp.