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Common Merganser Mergus merganser

Observer

molajen

Date

August 24, 2013 04:30 PM EDT

Description

female merganser, observed with juveniles.

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Cardinal flower Lobelia cardinalis

Observer

molajen

Date

August 24, 2013

Description

red cardinal flower; growing wild; along internal shore of lake on Franklin Island.

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maple spanworm Ennomos magnaria

Observer

molajen

Date

October 5, 2013 11:30 AM EDT

Description

Adult maple spanworm moth; near deciduous oak-maple bush.

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Common Garter Snake, Thamnophis sirtalis Thamnophis sirtalis

Observer

molajen

Date

October 12, 2008

Description

Small garter snake (about 12 inches) observed in mixed deciduous-conferous bush in mid-October.

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Solomon's seal Genus Polygonatum

Observer

molajen

Date

July 9, 2009

Place

Remmie Bay (Google, OSM)

Description

Solomon's seal (green with alternating leaves) and wild columbine (red and yellow flowered plant).

These grow wild in a moist soil under a mixed oak/alder/maple canopy.

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Observer

molajen

Date

October 12, 2008

Place

Remmie Bay (Google, OSM)

Description

Mature male yellow-legged meadowhawk dragonfly observed soaking up the sun's rays in mid-October.

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Observer

molajen

Date

August 6, 2008

Place

Remmie Bay (Google, OSM)

Description

Twelve-spotted skimmer observed in early August.

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Observer

molajen

Date

July 8, 2009

Description

Wild strawberry plant (aka woodland strawberry). I don't think I've ever beaten the chipmunks and red squirrels to a single berry in five years of visiting this site.

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swamp milkweed Asclepias incarnata

Observer

molajen

Date

July 15, 2008

Description

Swamp milkweed - cultivated specimen for monarch butterflies.

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Lowbush Blueberry Vaccinium angustifolium

Observer

molajen

Date

July 3, 2010

Description

Blueberries growing wild along the roadside near Parry Sound, Ontario.

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Great Mullein (Verbascum thapsus) Verbascum thapsus

Observer

molajen

Date

July 3, 2010

Description

Such a beautiful flower - no wonder people refer to weeds as flowers growing in the wrong place!

Mullein - with its distinctive "fuzzy" leaves is not native to Ontario. It is widely distributed along roadsides in the province. Some specimens are five feet tall.

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Common Five-lined Skink Plestiodon fasciatus

Observer

molajen

Date

June 27, 2010

Description

This is Ontario's only lizard and it is considered of Special Concern/Endangered both provincially and nationally. More info at http://www.rom.on.ca/ontario/risk.php?doc_type=fact&id=152.

We only see two or three a year at this location.

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Blue Jay Cyanocitta cristata

Observer

molajen

Date

November 10, 2007

Description

A blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) waits for me to leave so it can get back at the bird feeder (November 2010).

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red columbine Aquilegia canadensis

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2007

Description

Growing wild in wood litter, Georgian Bay shores, Ontario.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

molajen

Date

February 1, 2009

Description

The snow was quite thick in February 2009 (unlike 2012, when we had hardly any snow). A white-tailed deer stops in thick snow to watch us. I'm guessing this is a young doe, but would welcome feedback from someone more knowledgeable on deer.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

molajen

Date

March 19, 2011

Description

In the winter, especially when the snow is thick in the bush, the white-tailed deer make good use of both the gravel roads and ice surfaces along the edge of Georgian Bay.

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Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) Chelydra serpentina

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2012

Description

Snapping turtle observed crossing the road, possibly to/from nesting area (both sides of the road are marshy). Note leech on carapace. As I got out of the car to take the picture, two more people arrived to remove it from the road. Note gloves.

This person was using an axe handle, but the second person noted he usually carries a kid's hockey stick in the car to remove both turtles and snakes from the road, which is quite heavily travelled by campers and kayakers.

The series of photos shows the turtle's response to efforts to remove it from the road, turning completely around to face the attacker.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

molajen

Date

September 1, 2008 12:27 PM EDT

Description

This deer came out earlier in the day with an older animal. The little one walked out onto the ice - which was starting to show areas of open water - but turned back when the bigger one hesitated. A little while later, it set out by itself from the mainland to a point on Franklin Island. I got a picture of it returning by itself later in the day.

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American white waterlily Nymphaea odorata

Observer

molajen

Date

September 1, 2008 12:27 PM EDT

Description

Water lily in freshwater on Franklin Island, Georgian Bay.

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Common Garter Snake Thamnophis sirtalis

Observer

molajen

Date

September 9, 2007 01:04 PM EDT

Description

A garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) chows down on a leopard frog (Rana pipiens). The whole process took less than ten minutes.

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What

Eastern Chipmunk Tamias striatus

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2007 04:30 PM EDT

Description

When I was told that there wouldn't be any raspberries for me to pick because the chipmunks would eat them all, I didn't believe it. Then I caught the competition on camera!

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2007 04:30 PM EDT

Description

A white-tailed deer stretches to feed on tender shoots.

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Northern Watersnake Nerodia sipedon

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2007 04:30 PM EDT

Description

A northern water snake (Nerodia sipedon) soaks up the sunshine on a late spring day.

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What

pink lady's slipper Cypripedium acaule

Observer

molajen

Date

May 27, 2007 04:30 PM EDT

Description

Sunshine illuminates a pink lady's slipper growing wild near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada.

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What

queen of the prairie Filipendula rubra

Observer

molajen

Date

July 21, 2007 10:27 AM EDT

Description

Cultivated specimen. This gorgeous flower is a member of the rose family . It stands at least 5 feet tall, and blooms briefly in July. It appears to have thrived for years in a damp, highly organic spot sheltered from the winds off Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. It is unscented, and seems to rely on bees and flies for pollination. It is considered an exotic in Ontario.

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Large White Trillium Trillium grandiflorum

Observer

molajen

Date

May 19, 2007 12:16 PM EDT

Description

From white to pink: a trillium in its final days of bloom. The white trillium has been the official provincial flower of Ontario since 1937. It flowers in the spring, gradually turning pink before it dies. Although it is widely believed that it is illegal to pick the flower, that's an urban legend. According to Wikipedia, picking is discouraged because it damages the leaf-like bracts at the base of the plant and prevents it from producing food for the next year.

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Northern River Otter Lontra canadensis

Observer

molajen

Date

March 19, 2011 02:28 PM EDT

Description

Getting a good river otter pic is on my bucket list - this will have to do for now. I understand that they approach humans quite closely because they are both curious and short-sighted (a trait that helps them see underwater), so I'm hopeful about getting a better pic.

I recorded a short video that shows this one taking two running jumps (bounds), then sliding on its belly across the ice... two bounds, slide ... two bounds, slide. This shows the animal in the slide part of its travels.

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What

Blue Flag Iris versicolor

Observer

molajen

Date

July 30, 2009 11:40 AM EDT

Description

A blue flag (known locally as a swamp iris), one of the many beautiful early summer flowers on Franklin Island in Georgian Bay, Lake Huron.

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

molajen

Date

August 30, 2008 03:11 PM EDT

Description

A sleepy raccoon watches me from the safety of a tree.

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Common Raccoon Procyon lotor

Observer

molajen

Date

August 30, 2008 09:21 AM EDT

Description

The dog treed three raccoons at 6:30 am. They spent the rest of the day in the tree napping in various precarious positions while I took photos.

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