Category Archives: Journal

20 June 2015 – Worm Plots

The worm plots are historically significant because of the role they played in DDT research. In the 1960’s, researchers at the USGS’s Patuxent Wildlife Research Center conducted research on the effect that certain pesticides had on raptors. Rachel Carson in … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Whooping Crane Observatory

(Above photo: Two whooping Cranes at Patuxent Research Refuge.) The Patuxent Research Refuge is home to the USGS’s (United States Geological Survey’s) Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. One of the on-going projects conducted by the USGS there is the Whooping Crane … Continue reading

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20 June 2015 – Mallard Pond

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20 June 2015 – Snowden Pond

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 3

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 2

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20 June 2015 – Knowles Marsh 1

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20 June 2015 – Little American Toad

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20 June 2015 – Gerronema strombodes

Spotted this interesting mushroom along Mill Race Road just past the swamp. They were growing all over the woods from the humus soil. I can’t seem to find a common name for it, but its scientific name is Gerronema strombodes. … Continue reading

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19 June 2015 – This evening’s visitors to our porch

 

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19 June 2015 -Common Pug – a Type of Inch Worm

As I was driving away today at the refuge, I spotted an inch worm on my arm. So I decided to take a few photos of it. It is apparently called a common pug (Eupithecia miserulata), a moth of the … Continue reading

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19 June 2015 – Great Spangled Fritillary

Several individuals of this beautiful butterfly, called the Great Spangled Fritillary, were flying around the North Tract Contact Station this afternoon. They were feeding on the nectar of the Common Milkweed growing in the flower beds around the building.   … Continue reading

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18 June 2015 – Spotted Wintergreen – Chimaphila maculata

Spent 1.5 hours on the refuge today. Drove out to Lake Allen and spotted some white-colored flowers off in the pine woods on the east side of the lake. I got out of the Jeep to investigate and discovered it … Continue reading

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17 June 2015 – Chicken- of-the-Woods – Laetiporus sulphureus

  Found some Chicken-of-the-Woods growing on a rotting oak log today. Its scientific name is Laetiporus sulphureus. It is a polypore shelf mushroom. The Chicken-of-the-Woods is edible, although some people may be allergic to it. It is said to taste … Continue reading

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13 June 2015 – Memorial Rose – Rosa wichuraiana

About 15 years ago, I spotted two colonies of white roses across the street from our house. They were not the Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora) which had already mostly finished because blooming, and this rose was in its prime.   … Continue reading

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13 June 2015 – Common Winterberry – Ilex verticillata

(Photo above: flower cluster) I found some Common Winterberry that was in full bloom today along the Little Patuxent Trail. The scientific name for this member of the holly family (Aquifoliaceae) is Ilex verticillata (L.) A. Gray. Its native range … Continue reading

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9 June 2015 – Spotted turtle – Clemmys guttata

While I was driving on Wildlife Loop on the North Tract today, I saw a small black object in the road. At first, I thought it was a piece of debris, but on closer examination it was a Spotted Turtle … Continue reading

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9 June 2015 – Harvestman

I don’t know which species of Harvestman this is. It stood still long enough for me to take a couple of good shots.  Some people mistakenly believe that Harvestmen are spiders, but they are not. They belong to the Opiliones … Continue reading

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9 June 2015 – Maleberry – Lyonia ligustrina

(Photo of a maleberry shrub in habit.) Maleberry (Lyonia ligustrina (L.) DC.) is an Ericad (member of Ericaceae – Heath Family) that is found on the refuge around the margins of wetlands. Its white flowers mature into brown dry capsules … Continue reading

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6 June 2015 – Hilltop Bog

(Above photo is a full view of the bog.) Hilltop Bog is the headwaters for one of the small streams which feeds into the Patuxent River. The water from this bog flows in generally south. The plant community is a … Continue reading

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