Where To Look For Wildlife:
Plants grow and wildlife reside in areas where their needs are met. The same ducks that you see during
one part of the season will not be found when their flight feathers are shed. They will be found in the high grass in the marshes to protect themselves from predators. All wildlife goes through transitions based on the time of the year and different phases of their lives. So, if you are constantly visiting the same area and you don't see that special wildlife, stop and think about the time of the year. The rule of thumb is to look for wildlife in transition areas that accommodate shelter, water and food. The most abundant areas that support these elements are in the transition areas of waterways, forests and meadows. These areas also attract smaller animals that in turn attract the predators. Wildlife reacts the same way that you would during inclement conditions, hot conditions and cold conditions. Think where you would go, based on the weather at the moment, and you will begin to learn to look in all the right places. It will provide dividends for more wildlife opportunities.
How To Look For Wildlife:
Read the Art of Seeing section for ways to improve the process of your seeing. Using the Art of Seeing, you will also learn how to look for movement in the outdoors. Wildlife always seems to look smaller than what we visualize when we actually see the animal up close. Sometimes, due to videos or pictures in a book, we have a distorted impression of what size the animal actually is. When looking at the field guides, notice the length and the height of an animal to understand the real size of an animal. Visiting a nature center will improve the visualization of wildlife sizes. Note, most wildlife is seen by looking down in brush or bushes... not looking over. When you locate wildlife, you will be extremely fortunate if the whole animal is seen initially.
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Early Morning Birds At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod
I took a walk to Boat Meadow Beach the other morning and was surprised at how many birds there were on the beach. It was mid-tide …so not too high and not too low. I had my phone but had forgotten my camera. Thankfully, I don’t do that very often. You can see the larger … Continue reading Early Morning Birds At Boat Meadow Beach On Cape Cod
Japanese Knotweed Growing Profusely On Cape Cod
This is the time of year when the Japanese Knotweed is growing all over Cape Cod, and elsewhere. It grows densely to 6 feet tall with tiny, white flowers in 3″ spreading clusters. The leaves are heart-shaped. Japanese Knotweed grows from August through September in open areas. Although it looks pretty, it is listed by … Continue reading Japanese Knotweed Growing Profusely On Cape Cod
Smooth Sumac Growing In Abundance On Cape Cod
I have seen a lot of Smooth Sumac growing along the sides of the trails by the National Seashore. I wasn’t sure what it was until I did a little research. Smooth Sumac is a large shrub which grows to about 10 feet with large, 12″ leaves. The bark is smooth and brown; the twigs … Continue reading Smooth Sumac Growing In Abundance On Cape Cod