The night I got back from eastern Ontario, I headed to a lecture at Fleming College by Josh Feltham on the Five-Lined Skink. According to the lecture, the Five-Linked Skinks in the Canadian Shield have different behaviors than their southern counterparts in order to survive to far north. Skinks in the shield congregate in the early spring around rock barrens with a slope facing either east or south. The rocks on these slopes warm up the most in the morning and retain their heat throughout the day. By congregating among these rocks, the skinks are able to warm themselves enough to breed and catch food. Later in the year, in the summer, the skinks disperse as the temperature is warm enough that they no longer need to bask for long periods and to avoid competition for resources. It was a fascinating lecture and I soon found why I have been unable to find any skinks prior. After the lecture I heard the calls of Grey Treefrogs and so thought to myself; "oh why not".
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.