Words of Wisdom: Paul Rezendes

Photo of Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

“Wildness is not so far away. Sometimes it is much closer than we think.”

Paul Rezendes, The Wild Within: Adventures in nature and animal teachings (1998), p. 201

Quiz #120: Insect

Identify this butterfly. (Photographed in Biddeford Pool, ME on September 20, 2014.)

Photo of Quiz #120: Insect

I’ll reveal the answer on Monday. For now, leave your guess in the comments below.

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Foraging Wild Fruit: Beach Plum

Photo of Beach Plum fruit

Piping Plovers and Least Terns aren’t the only beings who’ve been adversely affected by the “development” of Maine’s coastline. For example, many of the habitats that once held Beach Plum (Prunus maritima) have been converted to lawns and human housing, and today Beach Plums are listed as endangered in Maine. Thus, I was surprised this year to be able to gather an abundance of these tasty little plums. Continue reading

Amphibians: Pickerel Frog

Photo of Pickerel Frog

Pickerel Frogs (Lithobates palustris) are spotted amphibians found throughout New England. They’re recognized visually by their dark squarish spots on light brown bodies. Two rows of spots usually cover their backs, but, as this Pickerel Frog shows, sometimes the spots merge to form rectangular patches. They can also be recognized by ear: listen for the snore-like calls of males from wetlands in spring (listen to this sample). Continue reading