Category Archives: Mammals

River Otters at the PGT!

On our morning hike today Lorna and I stumbled upon three River Otters swimming and feeding in Hillers Creek. This is the first time we’ve seen them here since we moved to the property in 1970. I wasn’t able to … Continue reading

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Wild Black Raspberries…for the birds?

How do you know when the wild black raspberries are ripe? A short walk at the PGT makes it obvious. I’m not sure which bird(s) perched here, but clearly we’re not the only ones who think the new benches are … Continue reading

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What do you do with an Armadillo?

Nine-Banded Armadillo I saw an Armadillo at the Prairie Garden Trust today for the first time. That is first record of one on the property since we moved here in 1970. What should I do with it? Is it to … Continue reading

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Eastern gray squirrel in the rain

This afternoon I photographed an Eastern gray squirrel hunkered down in a hickory tree next to our house. It was using it’s tail like an umbrella against the rain. We have three kinds of squirrels at the PGT. The Eastern gray squirrel, the larger … Continue reading

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Rock Shelter Color

Indian Rock Shelter I took this snapshot of the Indian Rock Shelter under The Point this afternoon. I stopped there on my way home from a picnic lunch along Hillers Creek. As you can see the Fall Color continues to … Continue reading

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White-tailed Deer

White-tailed Deer, (Odocoileus virginianus) A deer and a fawn were browsing in the trees along the edge of the Dog-leg Prairie this morning. The deer and I stared at each other for several minutes before she decided to bolt. We … Continue reading

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Beaver Damage

River Birch (Betula nigra) Beavers and muskrats routinely get into our ponds and lakes and eat things we don’t want them too. Here you can see a stand of beautiful River Birch by the viewing platform at the Lotus Ponds. … Continue reading

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Buck Rub, Buck Scrape

White-tailed Deer, (Odocoileus virginianus) Deer season started yesterday. We are happy to have a couple of excellent hunters here to thin our herd. The main downside of deer season is that I don’t take as many walks. It is probably … Continue reading

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Falling Acorns

Acorns on the ground As you walk under oak trees at at the PGT you will start to find acorns. As we lay in bed we can hear them falling on our roof. Acorns are one of the most important … Continue reading

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White-tailed Deer Fawn

White-tailed Deer Fawn, (Odocoileus virginianus) This fawn and it’s mother were surprisingly tame as we watched them browsing for several minutes along Hillers Creek last night. Even though deer are common, like most mammals they have learned how to avoid … Continue reading

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