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    JBtheExplorer Native Gardener

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    I'd like to start this thread to show my (and I hope you participate, too) love for nature and wildlife.
    The reason I put in a pond stems from my love of wildlife. Ever since I was a kid, I've always loved it. Adding a pond, even a small one like mine, brings in nature of all kinds, and its really been great to see things in my own backyard that I wouldn't normally see on a daily basis. I enjoy camping, hiking, and canoeing, and I'd like to not only be able to share my time in nature, but to be able to see what everyone else has seen.

    I created this post in hopes that after a day of hiking, biking, canoeing, or camping, you come here and share what you've seen, particular animal and plant life.
     
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    Since its FREEZING outside, and I dont plan on going out anywhere soon, I'll share a couple of photos from this summer:

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    These photos were taken in August at Harrington Beach State Park in Wisconsin. I camped there for a few nights. It was a fascinating place with some of the nicest woodlands I have seen. The forest floor was filled with different types of ferns, from small to large. The area had tons of deer and I saw them constantly. At one point, I unknowing was only a few feet from a blue heron that was perched on a bridge. Many of you may consider them pests, and for good reason, but they sure are amazing birds. Our campsite was next to a prairie so all night our campfire light showed off the many types of wildflowers. It was a fantastic place that I hope to revisit.
     
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    one of the reasons I bought this property and then the pond came , first pond and then the new pond
     

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    LOL, as the only recent camping, hiking, etc. experience I've had is with our Boy Scout troop. Just before Thanksgiving we had our annual winter camp [called Camp Turkey]. Even for our part of the country, we had unseasonably cold, wet weather the entire time [3 nights, 4 days]. And, unfortunately, at this type of camp there is too much activity and too much noise for you to be able to experience much "nature." One of our leaders heard a flock of geese fly over one night, and I heard the usual late-night coyote-conversations. I guess the most interesting thing I had the opportunity to observe [and they were plentiful] was the North American Adolescent Male in all stages of oblivious-to-my-surroundings glory!

    Boy Scout Motto: Be Prepared! Hm, uh! "Mom" didn't pack spare socks, or "Boy" never looked in his bag to see what "Mom" packed. "Boy" shows up at Medic, "My feet are cold & wet." [same boy, 2nd day in a row]. Medic's answer [2nd day...], "What do you want me to do about it?" "Mom/Boy" only packed one pair of shoes/boots! "Boy" states that everything in my tent is wet -- well, where did you leave "everything?" On the floor! Where's your rain poncho? My "what?" You know, that thing you're supposed to pack in case it rains -- it's raining! How many LAYERS are you wearing? Wow, THAT many! Are any of those layers waterproof [or wicking] -- of course not. All cotton, huh? Yep!

    And a Boy Scout is Brave! Not too many took showers during the week -- guess "brave" wasn't on their list for THIS camp. I'm sure "Mom" did LOTS of laundry when they got home / or not. They either had a lot of dirty, muddy clothes, or one perpetually worn set of clothes [too cold to change clothes -- and I'm guilty, there!].

    Needless to say, MANY, MANY opportunities for teaching! But despite the horrible weather, spirits were great and all the boys seemed to have a good time -- and that's what it's all about!

    Oh, but the cutest was the North American Pre-Adolescent, Sibling-variety Male who camped with us all week. On the last day he was having a blast walking through the [on him] thigh-high mud puddles! I told him that his dad was probably going to make him ride home on the luggage rack! "Dad" was almost in agreement :)
     
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    I took this pic in one of my food plots this fall. Eastern hog nose

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    neat looking snake! I think snakes are so cool
     
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    Nice pictures JB.

    Dr Case is that snake poisonous? Colors are neat. Nothing but garter snakes and bull snakes around here and that's alright with me. :)
     
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    No its not, it was a real calm snake as i stood over him
     
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    Very cool coloration! I've only seen one Hognose snake, just this past Spring.

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    Ironically, while Hognose snakes look dangerous, they're one of the most harmless snakes. They even play dead. Also, the way their mouth is shaped makes it nearly impossible for them to bite into humans.

    They do some good bluffing though. They'll shake their tail in leaves to sound like a rattle snake, and they have one heck of a hiss.
     
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    Neat snake! Lovely coloration!
     
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    We had some good snow today (still falling), so I went for a hike in the nearby woods. I found a hidden trail that someone even had a makeshift bridge going over a small stream, and also saw Turkey tracks. Funny story about the turkey family that lives in these woods... Earlier this year I unknowingly go too close to baby turkeys and had momma turkey chase me up the trail!

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    Pictures of camping trip up to Birch bay and also rode our bicycles east of Birch Bay to get the mountain shots.

    Birch Bay is a headland bay created by the refraction of incoming waves on the headlands that lie on either side of the bay. The headland to the north is Birch Point, and the one to the south is Point Whitehorn. The waves bend as they enter the bay and lose energy in the process. The result is a half-moon-shaped bay with a gentle sloping beach. The beach has been modified in past years by the implementation of groins and riprap. Terrell Creek runs parallel along a section of the beach, eventually flowing into the bay.

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    Well the seagull on top of this boat making himself comfy is wildlife
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    And we all know this guy
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    Then there are these ferocious creatures who can get rather wild at times :biggrin:
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    Very cool mountain shots j.w! I would love to see some mountains one day.
     
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    Anyone know what this is?

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    I was walking in the woods near my house today and found it in the ground. My first thought is that its some sort of drainage system, maybe leading to a nearby stream, but I have no idea. For all I know it could be old garbage that is no longer relevant. Either way, it was interesting to find.
     
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    A cistern?
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    I thought that too .haro .I have my clean out box before my septic tank and it looks similar .But my parents had a cistern on there house in NJ and and when we abandoned it and had it cleaned out and crushed and backfilled I remember looking at it and it looked similar .Is it meal or cement .That could be dangerous if someone falls in it and breaks an ankle .
     
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    JW those are some beautiful pictures! Scenery is beautiful. Was it a chilly bikeride? :)
     
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    When I saw it from a distance I thought it was a foundation, but when I got close I realized it wasn't. I'm not sure what kind of material it is but definitely look like cement or metal, and maybe a foot deep at most.

    As far as safety is concerned, its well off-trail and can be easily seen from a distance, but I will likely be contacting our parks & rec. dept. simply out of curiosity.

    The history of this land is interesting to me. It once belonged to a millionaire. He planted the pines that now create the woodlands. He died in '93 and the land was a donation from him to the town in hopes of it becoming a park, which is what they did with it. Whatever this thing is has likely been here for a long time.
     
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    Looking at the picture the first time, I thought it was bigger than that. Only a foot deep? Wouldn't hold much water for a cistern, would it! Possibly a catch basin to retain water for animals. Deer, maybe?
    John
     
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    here I have run into a couple of slave grave yards and about 6 miles from my house 3 years ago I looked to buy a house and happened to go look at one with my realtor and walking the property we came across what is called a graveyard for slaves that they suspected where practicing evil and you could tell because of the markings and things the use to keep there evil souls in .Realtor told me all about mind you I was not interested at all after that in the house i just wanted out of there .I checked with historical society and yep it was all true .They sent me some info on them and listings of where some of the known ones were .I am glad I did not enter or go to close to it .I really don't believe in that stuff but you never know
     
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