Nature's Creatures


Lake Wildlife: Winter Waterfowl

January 20th, 2013

By Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist Common Loon nonbreeding plumage Most of us pay close attention to our ponds and lakes during the summer months. Whether we are fishing, boating, or simply walking the dog along the shoreline, it is usually during the warm part of the year that we spend time appreciating our aquatic resources. […]

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The Amazing American Eel

October 5th, 2012

Written by Gavin Ferris, Ecologist Recently, while surveying some ponds and canals that feed into a tidal inland bay, I noticed some small slender creatures swimming about. They were no more than three inches long, and swam with whip-like bodies that wiggled about as fast as anything I’ve ever seen. They were young eels, probably […]

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Helping Ducks Stay Healthy

May 9th, 2012

By Industry Expert Gavin Ferris, Ecologist I spent a lot of my childhood near a lake, and there was always a bag or two of stale bread on hand ready to be fed to the mallard ducks that swam expectantly past our dock.  Who hasn’t experienced the pure joy of feeding ducks?  Unfortunately, it turns […]

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What’s that Snake in the Water?

December 15th, 2011

Written by Industry Expert, Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist Back in the days when I worked for a pond construction company, one of my crew members told me that he needed some help identifying a snake that they had found on the job site. He said it was a water snake, and thought it was a […]

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Turtle Jacking

December 7th, 2011

By Ethan Chappell, Aquatic Specialist How many times have you driven up on someone that is trying to move a turtle off the roadway? Typically in the spring and early summer months, turtles take to the road, quite literally in some cases. Bound by ancient forces far too simple for us to understand, these predecessors […]

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Freshwater Jellyfish? Not Quite.

September 28th, 2011

Have you ever seen some of these guys in your pond? Don’t be alarmed, they won’t hurt you. While they do not look all that pleasant, they are actually helping the pond. These creatures are known as bryozoans, or moss animals. Masses the size of the ones pictured are actually a colonies of thousands or […]

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Getting to Know Your Local Turtles

August 7th, 2009

By Shannon Junior, Aquatic Ecologist During a visit to a pond last fall, I noticed a man and several small children leaning over a cardboard box at the edge of the water. As I approached, I noticed a brightly colored brown and yellow turtle crawling out of the box. I watched with a combination of […]

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