Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Garter Snake out in January in Marlborough Forest

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting received January 25, 2018

“The attached photo shows a Garter Snake that we were surprised to see on a recent hike (20th Jan 2018) while snow shoeing in the Marlborough Forest.

The temperature was above zero at about 3 degrees C. Perhaps the sudden change from much lower temperatures or excess melt water caused the snake to leave its hibernaculum.”

Howard Robinson

Note: the Garter Snake was very much alive. Howard took a short video recording and the snake can be seen moving across the snow and flicking it’s forked tongue (see video still image below).

Garter Snake in Marlborough Forest, Jan 20, 2018. photo Howard Robinson

Image from short video of same Garter Snake. Video Howard Robinson

 

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Snowy Owl sighting in Mississippi Mills

MVFN Nature Notebook sighting from January 10, 2018

The following nature notebook sighting account and photographs were received January 12, 2108

 

Snowy owl sighted 2018 Lanark County, ON photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

photo Nat Capitanio

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Fox on the hunt in Lanark Highlands

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

A sighting sent in December 15, 2017. Photos by Nat Capitanio

“Yesterday, we spotted a Fox at the back of our property. He was on the hunt and my husband, Nat Capitanio, was able to observe him as he did his “pouncing” and caught a mouse or a mole.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

 

Fox on the hunt in Lanark Highlands. photos Nat Capitanio

 

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Early one frosty morning . . . a multitude of spider’s webs

MVFN Nature Notebook Sighting

A sighting sent in October 27, 2017. These photos seem to set just the right mood for Halloween:

“Early one frosty morning, we noticed a multitude of spider’s webs among the tree branches, shining in the rising sun, some of them blowing in the wind.”

Lise Balthazar, Sheridan Rapids

Webs in the trees. Nat Capitanio

Webs in the trees. Nat Capitanio

Webs in the trees-2 Nat CaptanioWebs in the trees-4 Nat Captanio

Webs in the wind. photo Nat Capitanio

Webs in the wind. photo Nat Capitanio

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Smooth Green Snake and Gray Treefrog

MVFN NatureNotebook

MVFN NatureNotebook sighting and photos received August 2, 2017 (from Sheridans Rapids):

“The other day, I was filling a bird bath when I saw a bright thing coming out of the watering can; at first, I thought it was a leaf but I soon realized it was a tiny frog!! I rescued it and Nat took several pictures. It was about 1 inch long.
We also spotted a bright green snake, about 10 to 12 inches long.”
~Lise Balthazar
NOTE: Although the frog is green, the large, expanded toe disks and dark marking behind the eye, suggest it is a Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor). The snake is a Smooth Green (Opheodrys vernalis)
Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor)

Gray Treefrog 2 photo N. Capitanio
Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Smooth Green Snake (Opheodrys vernalis)

Smooth Green Snake 2 photo Capitanio

 

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