Friday, October 31, 2014

Don't Fear...

Not to worry, the Wahkeena blog will live on! 

Wahkeena blog followers, do not worry, the blog will continue to be updated regularly throughout the coming winter months and into our next season. Look out for some new features that will help to keep you up to date on all the happenings here at Wahkeena. 

To help you get in the mood for Halloween, here are some spooky critters found here at Wahkeena that people typically find scary.

Barred Owl

Strix varia
"Whooo-Who-Cooks-For-You, Who-Cooks-For-You-All" is the typical call of the Barred Owl. This type of Owl is one of the most common types of Owls in Ohio, and can be found in all 88 counties. They eat many types of small animals including mice, chipmunks, squirrels, birds, reptiles and amphibians. 

The Barred Owl pictured above is our resident, education Owl. We have her here at Wahkeena because she was struck by a car, lost sight in one eye, and might have difficulties surviving in the wild. 

Marbled Orbweaver

Araneus marmoreus
Marbled Orbweavers are among our showiest spiders. Early in the summer, as juveniles, the spider is a pale yellow that darkens to a bright yellow with a black marbled pattern throughout the season. Around Halloween, the yellow on their abdomen becomes bright orange, often resembling a jack-o-lantern. 

Marbled Orbweavers feed at night, and are often hidden away during the day in a folded leaf retreat. 

Black Rat Snake 

Pantherophis alleghaniensis

Also known as an Eastern Ratsnake, this is Ohio's largest snakes, often exceeding 6 feet in length. The above snake is a juvenile Black Rat Snake, as the snake grows its bold patterns fade, and its color becomes darker. The bottom picture is of our educational Black Rat Snake, who turned 25 years old earlier this month. 

Have a Happy Halloween everyone! 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Happy Trails

As many of you know by now, I am no longer at Wahkeena. While I miss Wahkeena greatly, I am having lots of new adventures, and learning lots of new things. I will especially miss sharing Wahkeena happenings with you over this blog, and also seeing you all visiting the preserve! While I do not know what the future of this blog will be, keep checking in. We have 6 years worth of stories and photos to keep us going through the often dreary months of winter. To close, I leave you with the very appropriate lyrics to Roger Dale Evan's song, Happy Trails. Happy trails everyone!

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Favorite Photos Part 2

Hope you enjoyed Part I of my favorite photos! Here is Part 2. This is a combination of the Summer and Fall seasons.

 Adder's Mouth Orchid

 a foggy Lake Odonata


 Monarch butterfly on Purple Coneflower

 Orange Coneflower


 Lake Odonata in summer

Monarch butterfly on asters


 Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

 another Tiger Swallowtail butterfly

 a skipper on Obedient Plant

 a Bowl and Doily spiderweb

 Cardinal Flower

 grasshopper on Purple Coneflower


 Turbulent Phosphila caterpillars

 early fall at Lake Odonata

 pink Swamp Rose Mallow

 Halictid Bee on Orange Milkweed

 Golden Ragwort and Wild Blue Phlox

 Autumn Coralroot

 Skimming Bluet damselfly

 Aphrodite Frittillary butterfly on Monarda

 Club-spur Orchid


 Weevil on Cranefly Orchid

 red Swamp Rose Mallow

Silvery Checkerspot butterfly

 Twayblade Orchid

 Great Laurel Rhododendron

 Silvery Checkerspot butterfly

Climbing Rose

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Favorite Photos Part 1

As we come to the end of year six of the blog, I thought we'd have a bit of a photo review. I have a lot of favorite photos, some of which have been seen on the blog before. Since there are so many, there will be a couple of installments of this. We'll go by season, so first up is Spring! 

 Rue Anemone

 Wild Bleeding Heart

Giant Blue Cohosh

Blister Beetle

 Canada Violet

 Dwarf Crested Iris

 Harvester Butterfly

 Rue Anemone

 Shelter Trail with Crab Apple and Redbud


 Smokehouse with Flame Azalea

 Yellow Iris

 a Pink Azalea

 a Really Big Snapping Turtle 

 a native bee on Snowdrops

 Marsh Marigold


 Foam Flower

 Puttyroot Orchid (above and below)

 Wild Geranium


 Indian Cucumber Root


Pink Crabapple

 Garter Snake

 Pink Lady's Slipper

 Showy Orchis

 a Snail

 Three-lobed Violet

Large-flowered Trillium