Keep an eye out for turtles on the rocks and tree stumps in the Wetlands as you stroll through Explore the Wild. Yes, even in winter we see turtles out basking here at the Museum, especially on bright sunny days in the high fifties, sixties and above. It’s mostly sliders, but this past Tuesday (2/12) I even saw a painted turtle taking advantage of the relatively warm winter sunshine.
This weekend is forecast to be quite chilly, so you may not see many of our Testudine friends out taking sun, but it’ll be a short couple of chilly days. Next week’s warmer weather may bring them out again.
And, you can be sure that from this day forward our chances of seeing turtles will increase as each days passes, it’s spring time! Well, maybe not according to the calendar, but things are changing quickly out there. Elms and Red Maples are blooming, Silky Willow has flower buds swelling as I write, and haven’t you heard the cardinals and titmice singing, the woodpeckers drumming, the chorus frogs calling?
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!