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Checkered Rattlesnake Plantain Goodyera tesselata

Observer

tfrench

Date

July 29, 2020

Description

Only one flowering plant seen in the immediate vicinity, in hemlock/white pine. In 2019, five were in the same small area

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American Black Bear Ursus americanus

Observer

tfrench

Date

July 29, 2020

Description

A large Black Bear scat with liberal amounts of sunflower seeds and millet from a bird feeder were about 0.1 miles behind two houses in hemlock/white pine woods. None of the three nearest houses are feeding birds this late in the season to avoid attracting bears. About the same day, possibly the same large bear was seen on the neighbor's doorbell camera as it crossed the yard at night.

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North American Porcupine Erethizon dorsatum

Observer

tfrench

Date

August 11, 2020 11:00 AM EDT

Description

I was walking through hemlock/white pine woods when the pungent musty smell of a porcupine stopped me in my tracks. I have smelled it on dead porcupines and mildly in dens, but never strong in open woods. I looked up and it was 15-20 right over my head. The strong odor was in an area only about 10 ft in diameter. Light but noticeable odor was in an area roughly 20 ft in diameter.

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Star-nosed Mole Condylura cristata

Observer

tfrench

Date

July 11, 2020

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Meadow Jumping Mouse Zapus hudsonius

Observer

tfrench

Date

July 9, 2020

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Big Brown Bat Eptesicus fuscus

Observer

tfrench

Date

June 19, 2020

Description

Found with her twin pups on the lawn of a house with a long-standing maternity colony. Flew off with them later.

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American Water Shrew Sorex palustris

Observer

tfrench

Date

June 12, 2020

Description

Found dead in driveway in red oak/sugar maple woods, away from typical habitat. An appropriate stream is about 150 yards away. Other shrews documented on this property include Sorex cinereus, S. fumeus, Blarina brevicauda.

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Observer

tfrench

Date

January 9, 2020 03:00 PM EST

Description

About 5 Oxychilus cellarius and 15 D. rotundatus found under 3 pieces of bark under tree canopy. When picked up, gave off strong smell of garlic. All about 9 mm.

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What

Rounded Snail Discus rotundatus

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 9, 2020 08:41 PM EST

Description

About 15 D. rotundatus and 5 Oxychilus found under 3 pieces of bark under tree canopy.

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Bladder Snails Family Physidae

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 11, 2020 04:48 PM EST

Description

Found 49 in the extensive shore deposits of barnacles, Balanus amphitrite, with Tilopia bones in about 15 minutes. I don't think any bladder snails ever lived in the Salton Sea. I believe these may be Pleistocene "fossils" from the Lake Coahuila basin from before the formation of the Salton Sea (Hanna 1963). I will be interested to learn more.

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California Jackknife Clam Tagelus californianus

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 11, 2020 04:25 PM EST

Description

One valve found in the extensive shore deposits of barnacles, Balanus amphitrite, with Tilopia bones in 15 minutes of looking. Nearly 30 species of marine invertebrates were deliberately introduced into the Salton Sea, including at least 14 bivalves (Carpelan & Linsley 1961), and others were accidently introduced with other species. I don't believe any bivalve species survive today.

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Southern Flatcoil Polygyra cereolus

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 11, 2020 04:17 PM EST

Description

One juvenile shell found in the extensive shore deposits of barnacles, Balanus amphitrite, with Tilopia bones.

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Garden Snail Cornu aspersum

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 12, 2020 04:12 PM EST

Description

About 15 dead and mostly broken, shells seen in shrubland habitat next to paved driveway.

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Garden Snail Cornu aspersum

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 9, 2020 04:04 PM EST

Description

About 10 dead shells seen under shrubbery and tree canopy in landscaped plantings.

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What

Milk Snail Otala lactea

Observer

tfrench

Date

February 3, 2020 02:59 PM EST

Description

Found under a board in a bare area of disturbed ground. Five other live shall were found, and fifty or more dead broken shells were found on an adjacent concrete slab from a former small building.

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Southern California Shoulderband Snail Helminthoglypta tudiculata

Observer

tfrench

Date

February 3, 2020 03:15 PM EST

Description

A single snail under a large rotting limb at the base of a large dead tree in dense grass & forbes. In a drier area about 75 feet away were about 6 live and 50 dead shells of the Milk Snail, Otala lacteal.

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Western Skink Plestiodon skiltonianus

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 13, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Description

Under cardboard at edge of trees. A Western Fence Lizard, Sceloporus occidentalis, was on a nearby tree trunk.

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Garden Slender Salamander Batrachoseps major ssp. major

Observer

tfrench

Date

January 13, 2020 11:00 AM EST

Description

Under board in grass & forbes at edge of shrubs

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Red-banded Hairstreak Calycopis cecrops

Observer

tfrench

Date

September 7, 2019

Description

1401 Hope St., Bristol, RI - Audubon Soc. of RI Nature Center and Aquarium - in the pollinator garden, dormant on a cool morning with a dormant Monarch 6 feet away.

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Blackjacket Vespula consobrina

Observer

tfrench

Date

August 31, 2019 02:37 PM EDT

Description

I was siting on the shore of a reservoir in northern white pine/hemlock/red oak forest. This bee buzzed in close like yellowjackets often do. I started to slowly usher it away with my hand and it immediatly latched onto the knuckle of my middle finger and began a prolonged sting. I flipped off into the water, but retrieved it. It died of its injuries an hour later.

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What

Eastern Giant Swallowtail Papilio cresphontes

Observer

tfrench

Date

August 9, 2019 04:30 PM EDT

Description

In the main perennial/herb garden at Old Sturbridge Village.

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