I headed to some of my usual spots in and around Trent University Campus to add more species to the Trent Bioblitz project I put together on iNaturalist. Before I even got to my snake boards, a small Northern Leopard Frog crosses my path which I of course had to photograph. The bugs were heavy today and I was soon swarmed by mosquitoes. I managed to identify two species of mosquito on me; the Southern House Mosquito and the Inland Floodwater Mosquito. As I got to my first board I was devastated to find it already flipped. Someone had come and flipped the board without putting it back, this can deter snakes from coming back and encourage ants. Luckily, however, I managed to find an Eastern Milk Snake under the board. My rock area yielded a few Eastern Garter Snakes although they got away before I could photograph them. My attention was elsewhere however as I managed to find three more Eastern Milk Snakes under the rocks, one of which was a neonate. I headed to my second snake spot where I only managed to find two Eastern Garter Snakes. As night approached I was drawn to a nearby stormwater pond by the symphony of Grey Treefrogs. Sitting by the water's edge, I managed to see one in the reeds, this individual was not calling although had the black throat characteristic of a male. I took my shoes and socks off and headed off after him.
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.