To say that a birder spends a lot of time outside is a bit of an understatement. Ask the birder and I bet they'll say that they don't spend enough time outside. Over this migration I've collected a few non-birding photos that I thought I would share with you.
American Bull Frog
Amphibians are important species in the natural world. They are important sources of food for many birds from herons to egrets to hawks. They are also important indicators of the health of an ecosystem. Since Amphibians have such a permeable skin, populations really suffer with pollution and run-off. That means that ecosystems with a lot of pollution will have an unhealthy population of amphibians. Frogs, toads, and salamanders are also pretty cool looking animals as well. Take a look around for them next time you are outside!
Turtles are also great animals to run into. They are definitely awesome and prehistoric creatures. My wife and I were lucky enough to see a gopher tortoise in Okefenokee Swamp. Sadly those pictures are lost to a faulty card reader. In the mean time, make sure to be on the look out for these reptiles. Besides, a recent taxonomic change moved them closer birds!
Pink Lady Slippers
Who shouldn't take a moment and enjoy the smell of the flowers. Pink Lady Slippers are one of the orchids native to the Northeastern US. They are beautiful plants and one that reminds us all to take a moment and look at the flowers around us. Pink Lady Slippers and all sorts of others are around to help us enjoy nature all the more.
This alien mollusk is at home across the Eastern US. Slugs are great reminders of the vast diversity of life that we can and should expect to see in our parks. Without biodiversity, nature would become drab. At least for a while.
What are your favorite non-bird creatures and plants to observe?
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