Highlights –Otter slides, brown-tailed moth news, Spring peeper, more fisher stuff
|when I was young my brother told me|
that foam in fresh water was frog spit.
this is frozen frog spit
Daylight savings time – Elizabeth Campbell, MCHT Office Administrator was kind enough to send me a reminder that this Sunday morning at 2 am clocks get set ahead (Spring ahead, remember). It was a very kind gesture, and one that was thanked immediately since changing clocks was way off my radar. So thanks Elizabeth! And don’t be late by not changing your clocks!
photo by Niall Conlan
Niall also has been kind enough to plow many of the parking areas for both MCHT and VLT this past month – keeping the access clear is huge for wintertime outside enjoyment. Thank you so much Niall – your efforts are much appreciated.
|it's always good to see Mike Windsor|
Things to look for – Spring is upon us – other than the snow storm forecast for Tuesday next week! – and signs are already pouring in – Pussy Willows are in bloom, Cardinals, Chickadees and Brown Creepers are all singing, and I somehow got to hear a very early Spring Peeper (froggy) on 3/1 – in my back yard! By far the earliest I have heard in Maine. Woodcocks should be next! Get out there at dusk and listen! And then report what you hear!
|two of many brown tail moth webs out|
Well, Morten tipped off a few folks about his finding of a handful of Brown-tail Moth webs that he had found out on Lane’s Island. VLT Executive Director Linnell Mather and the MCHT Regional Steward (me – the royal “me”) headed out to Lane’s to clip and snip the handful that Morten had found. We were instructed to gather the webs and then either burn them or soak them in soapy water. Squishing was not an option for fear of not squishing them all.
Here’s some interesting stuff about brown tail moth from Maine.gov –
|brown tail moths don't stand a chance when Linnell|
has her "long stick cutty thing" working! she is a pro. literally
The brown tail moth was accidently introduced into Somerville, Massachusetts from Europe in 1897. By 1913, the insect had spread to all of the New England states and New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The population then dropped, for reasons that are not entirely clear, until there was just a residual population limited to Cape Cod and a few islands off the Maine coast in Casco Bay. Occasional outbreaks occurred on the mainland during twentieth century until the 1990’s when brown tail became a perennial problem along the southern Maine coast.
|this raccoon had nothing to do with brown tail moths|
I like raccoons more than I like squirrels
The larval stage (caterpillar) of this insect feeds on the foliage of many hardwood trees and shrubs particularly: oak, shadbush, apple, cherry, beach plum, and rugosa rose. Larval feeding causes reduction of growth and occasional mortality of valued trees and shrubs.
“They came, they ate, they made many itch” - http://www.pressherald.com/2016/06/24/browntail-moth-invasion-they-came-they-ate-they-made-many-itch/
So when you don’t get burned by “toxic hairs” this summer at Lane’s you can thank Linnell, myself and Morten.
Have you been burned by the caterpillars or known someone who has? Have you been seeing the webs in your neighborhood? Let us know!
some shots of the local (Tenants Harbor) fisher in my back yard. Can't afford to feed it anymore!
|I love the twisting body in this one|
we'll see you out there! maybe even tomorrow.
good times and happy health. my family and I are finally starting to feel better. yahoo!