Kodie Smith is setting up three single-high mist nets over this little pond on the Monongahela National Forest. These little water holes in the otherwise dry upland forest are important places for the bats to come in for a drink as well as hatching off tasty insects. Here we caught five species of bats.
The green frog is a common frog found in ponds all over the eastern United States. Its call is a single loud GRUP and can be head on most any summer night near water.
There were quite a lot of amphibians of two species in this pond. Five individuals are visible in this photo. Can you spot them all?
Sometimes you just look at a tree and know there HAS to be a bat colony in there. In this case there was a colony of northern myotis bats under that big flake of exfoliating bark.
A caterpillar that is nearly invisible on grass.
Just a pic to show the clear wedge-shaped tail of a raven. This easily separates them from the crows when flying.
Okay, I know what this sign means, but it is just too fun not to post.
The common yellowthroat is a bird I heard a lot in the Monongahela National Forest, but only saw a few times. Here is a male and female pair from the marsh at the upper end of Lake Buffalo.
Flies are very common to see on daisies.
And if you look a bit more closely, crab spiders are also common on daisies.
And sometimes, both are on the same flower, and we can only guess what comes next.
Wehrle's salamander (Plethodon wehrlei) is found in the forested mountain regions of the US northeast. It likes dark places during the day, often being caves, rock piles with deep interconnected crevices (known as interstices), or holes in stumps and logs. This example was spotted looking out of its den in a tree stump while mist netting bats at night.
Keith Christenson - Wildlife Biologist