To get to the other side of course! At this time of year, many female turtles are crossing busy roads to find a place to lay their eggs. I saw a snapping turtle doing so just the other day. With more and more roads being added all the time, however, these reptiles are finding itContinue reading “Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road?”
Author Archives: Jim Sirch
Worms Eating Up Forest Leaf Litter? That’s Crazy!
They might be coming to a yard or forest near you. Sounds rather like a horror movie, right? Well, it is actually a bit scary. The Crazy Worm, also called Jumping Worm or Crazy Snake Worm (Amynthas agrestis, Amynthas tokioensis, and Metaphire hilgendorfi), are three species from Korea and Japan who are co-invading our yardsContinue reading “Worms Eating Up Forest Leaf Litter? That’s Crazy!”
The night sky in spring may seem serene, where nothing is going on. But in fact, it is bustling with energy and activity. Why do birds migrate? First, to take advantage of a plentiful food source at their destination. Most birds in forest habitats feed on caterpillars and other invertebrates, fruits, and nectar. All areContinue reading “Migration Madness”
They’re Both Most Delicious
When Shadbush (Amelanchier sp.) is in bloom, I know that American Shad are migrating up Connecticut’s rivers to spawn. The Eastern Shadbush (Amelanchier canadensis) is one of 10 species of this native shrub in New England. Other names for Shadbush are Shadblow, Sarvis, and Serviceberry. In the past, when Allegheny Serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis) was inContinue reading “They’re Both Most Delicious”
The Secret Life of Spotted Salamanders
They are so secretive, most people don’t even know they exist. In their more than 30-year lives they have little or no contact with humans. If you were to tell your neighbors that 9-inch-long black salamanders with yellow spots live in the woodlands of their town, they might well be surprised. Recently, I was walkingContinue reading “The Secret Life of Spotted Salamanders”
In Spanish, they are rightly named joyas voladoras, “flying jewels.” A group of them is called “a bouquet,” “a glittering,” or “a hover.” They are hummingbirds and it is not too early to put up a feeder for the only species we see here in the Northeast—the Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris). The migration map providedContinue reading “Hummers Remember”
Here Today, Gone in a Few Weeks
Just missed it! I was hoping to take a photo of a queen bumblebee gathering pollen on the wildflower Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucullaria). As I looked away for one moment, the bee flew onto the plant two feet in front of me and flew off just as I saw it. I have heard that theseContinue reading “Here Today, Gone in a Few Weeks”
When I was a kid growing up in northern New Jersey, my friends and I often explored the wilds of the neighborhood. Many of the forests and fields where we found box turtles then are now suburban lots and corporate headquarters. My friend Rick and I would tromp through slick, muddy swamps and fens toContinue reading “Skunked Again!”
What’s that Quacking in the Woods?
Many of us have taken to the outdoors recently. I don’t have to tell you why. It’s a great way to get exercise and still maintain social distancing. So if you’ve been out walking, you might be asking yourself, “What’s all that quacking going on?”No, Daffy is still safe in cartoonland and mallards are notContinue reading “What’s that Quacking in the Woods?”