On Friday (3/15), a Yellow-bellied Slider bearing a notch in her shell was seen basking on a log next to the Main Wetlands Overlook. This turtle was marked last year by myself as part of a turtle survey. It could not be determined which of some dozen turtles it was since only one notch was visible (some of the turtles have notches on both sides of their shells, left and right), however, it was clearly one of last year’s subjects.
In other news:
Yona Bear chased Virginia Bear up the ledge which leads to her retreat on top of the cliff inside the Black Bear Enclosure. Yona, much younger and somewhat smaller than Virginia, seems to be asserting herself more and more as she grows.
Yona stomped her feet and huffed and puffed as Virginia stared down at her from the ledge.
And back in the Wetlands…frogs continue to emerge from their torpor.
If you haven’t seen any of this, you need to get outside and have a peek at what’s going on. It’s happening all around you, but you won’t see it if you’re not there when it happens.
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!