Nature Sightings: January - March 2012
March 14, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Always Something to See
March 5, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Who is Watching Who?
February 22, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Otter FAQs
Visitors have enjoyed watching the otters. Some of more common questions I've been asked include:
Where did they come from?
How did they get here?
How long do they stay?
What do they eat?
Washington Nature Mapping Program. Accessed on February 21, 2012 at http://naturemappingfoundation.org/natmap/facts/river_otter_712.html.
Ellis, E. 2003. "Lontra canadensis" (On-line), Animal Diversity Web. Accessed February 21, 2012 at http://animaldiversity.ummz.umich.edu/site/accounts/information/Lontra_canadensis.html
February 13, 2012 - Renee Rusler - More Otter Shots
The otters have been in the park's pond on-and-off for the last month. This one seems to be wondering if anything interesting has been left on the platform that floats on the park's pond.
January 31, 2012 - Zach Schierl - Look Up!
NPS - Zach Schierl
A Northern Flicker rests on a tree branch on the mission grounds. Northern Flickers are a member of the woodpecker (Picidae) family. They are often seen on the ground digging for ants with their long bill. Just moments after I took this picture, this particular flicker went into a steep yet graceful dive towards the ground, before landing softly on the grassy lawn.
January 25, 2012 - Renee Rusler - Is Two Too Many?
Visitors spotted these two otters cavorting in the park's pond. Otters are occasionally seen at the park and are always fun to watch. These two alternated between swimming and getting onto one of the park's floating boards. But the board would start to sink when they both got on.
Did You Know?
Over 200 different species of birds can be found at Whitman Mission National Historic Site. A large proportion of these are migratory and wintering birds indicating the importance of the 139-acre parcel as a stop over for those species. More...