Yesterday we checked out a number of locations in and around Peterborough county. The first two locations were either in the middle of Peterborough or just outside it. At these two spots all we found were some Painted Turtles, Green Frogs and Leopard Frogs. The third locations I cannot give away as we found a rare salamander; a Polyploid Salamander which unlike other polyploids I have found, this one sported a bright yellow underbelly. The rest was all black with a few grey spots. The poor salamander was found right by a parking lot all dry from the heat of the day, I put her in some chemical free water and relocated her to some nearby woods.The fourth location is a spot said to have lots of Hognose Snakes, I sadly turned up none although I did find lots of signs of bears, hundreds of black flies and a few species of moths and butterflies. Finally we headed to Burleigh Falls, not for a specific species but to photograph the falls and fiddle with my camera's settings.
Did some unintentional herping today at work. At Pawsitively Pets we took the kids on a field trip to Mountsburg Conservation Area where we saw their collection of raptors and farm animals. We were also brought to a small wetland where the kids were able to dipnet for insects, some pulled out little fish while some other kids managed to find a few wood frogs. Afterwards we headed to another pond filled with green frogs and a painted turtle. Luckily I had my iPod so I quickly got some photos.
On my weekend and break from dealing with kids an animals I decided to go to the Toronto Zoo which is of course filled with kids and animals, I went for the animals naturally. As usual when I got there the lineup to see the Giant Pandas but I only wanted to see the Giant Salamander which to me is even more exciting then the Pandas. We then headed to the arctic trek followed by the Americas pavilion before heading to Africa. The weather was overcast for the entire day which made trekking through one of the largest zoos in the country much easier and is likely responsible for the lack of crowds as it was much less crowded then most days.
Today my friend Brenda and I went on a day trip to the Georgian Bay to see some birds and of course Herps. Once we got to the site we visited an administration building where we found that there are apparently many species in the area such as recent records of both Eastern Fox Snakes and Eastern Hognose Snakes. We were also told of a spot where tourists often feed the local snapping turtles so we decided to check out that area as Brenda has never seen a wild Snapping Turtle before. We headed down a trail where we did not find many Herps other then a few Green Frogs but we did however find many different birds and fungi. It was only heading back to the car did we see a Snapping Turtle. Brenda had to use be washroom so I headed down by the water to see if there were any turtles thinking that of course now I would find a large Snapping Turtle now that Brenda wasn't here. Sure enough as I got to the water I found a massive Snapping Turtle sitting there awaiting me. I got my underwater camera out and a selfie stick to try and get some close up underwater shots of the massive turtle. The only true way to use a selfie stick. Once back to the car we headed to our second spot where although we didn't find any reptiles we did spot a Bald Eagle flying over.
For this Canada Day Long Weekend I spent it the best way I know how, out enjoying Canada's natural areas. I spent my weekend visiting my grandmother on Sturgeon Lake where I went herping, birding and fishing. On the first night I went out on my paddle boat at night towards the large marsh. To my right was the shore where the faint light from houses cut through the faint fog. To my left was the edge of the marsh where fireflies danced between the reeds. The area was almost completely dark with the symphony of frog calls filling the misty air. Large Bullfrogs were singing in full force while Green Frogs interjected every so often, in the distance was the faint trill of a Grey Treefrog. The marsh was in total serenity. I progressed along the marsh's edge, I turned my flashlight on and begun scanning for Bullfrogs. Sure enough a large female decided to jump into my boat allowing me to capture my favourite shot of the species. I went out on the paddle boat every night and on Canada Day my cousin and I went out fishing and watching the fireworks from the lake.
I'm Mac Marzolini and I created this blog for a variety of reasons, the first of course is to open a window into what is happening in my life (cause my grandmother reads this), but also to help myself catalogue some of my favorite photos from my many adventures.