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Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

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wlcook

Date

June 22, 2015 07:37 PM EDT

Description

Cousin L & the Harbor Seal.

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Double-crested Cormorant Phalacrocorax auritus

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 30, 2015 07:35 PM EDT

Description

Wonderful sight from the cottage, visiting family.

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Rosy Maple Moth Dryocampa rubicunda

Observer

wlcook

Date

July 20, 2015 07:34 PM EDT

Description

I always wanted to see one of these, and then it appeared on our porch.

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American Black Bear Ursus americanus

Observer

wlcook

Date

July 26, 2014 06:12 PM EDT

Description

We drove to the mountains for an evening picnic, which was cut short by an unexpected visitor.

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White-tailed Deer Odocoileus virginianus

Observer

wlcook

Date

May 27, 2016 06:08 PM EDT

Description

We crossed paths so I sat on the ground to make myself smaller. She came a little closer to check me out then continued to graze nearby, wagging her tail.

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Red Fox Vulpes vulpes

Observer

wlcook

Date

January 9, 2014 06:06 PM EST

Description

The fox returns.

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Cooper's Hawk Accipiter cooperii

Observer

wlcook

Date

December 26, 2014 06:02 PM EST

Description

The feeder is empty and it was eerily quiet of bird chatter. Looked outside and saw this. S'plains it.

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Asian Lady Beetle Harmonia axyridis

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 20, 2006 05:58 PM EDT

Description

I was pushing my son in the stroller and stopped to admire some flowers and saw some amorous ladybugs.

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Eastern American Toad Anaxyrus americanus ssp. americanus

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 1, 2009 05:49 PM EDT

Description

For my son's 4th birthday, we took him and his friends to the nature center to look for critters. He said, "this is the best party in the world"

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Broad-tipped Conehead Neoconocephalus triops

Observer

wlcook

Date

March 1, 2010 05:46 PM EST

Description

In other news, our Katydid that our son found after the first frost has died. I am surprised that it lived as long as it did because the lifespan of an adult Katydid is brief. It lived out it's lifecycle in the lap of luxury dining on baby greens, and sipping fresh water from a bottle cap. It was certainly the only Katydid who has seen a blizzard and lived to tell the tale while warm and safe in it's home on our window sill. We had a little burial ceremony in our snow covered garden. Farewell, little Meadow Dancer...thank you for all that you taught us!

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American Toad Anaxyrus americanus

Observer

wlcook

Date

August 24, 2012 05:44 PM EDT

Description

We just moved to a new rental, and my son found a toad.

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Pearl Crescent Phyciodes tharos

Observer

wlcook

Date

October 7, 2018 05:38 PM EDT

Description

Our family went to the sustainable landscaping workshop so we can plan our yard when we move in the summer. Their native garden was busy with butterflies and bees, much to our delight.

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Arctic Wolf Canis lupus ssp. arctos

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 16, 2018 12:20 PM EDT

Description

For my son's 13th birthday we took him to the Wolf Conservation Center for a campout with wolves. It was magnificent and the howling was exquisite so I uploaded a sound clip that I took. He met Atka the elderly Arctic Wolf (who sadly passed away in September. He met Zephyr the Gray Wolf, and Alawa.

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Black-capped Chickadee Poecile atricapillus

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 17, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

Description

A chickadee flew out of the trees and ate out of our hands. As did a friendly chipmunk.

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wlcook

Date

July 27, 2012 12:10 PM EDT

Description

He went for a swim and came back with a spider crab.

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Lesser Meadow Katydids Genus Conocephalus

Observer

wlcook

Date

October 21, 2012 12:07 PM EDT

Description

My son and his pal found a katydid at Big Meadows.

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Swamp Darner Epiaeschna heros

Observer

wlcook

Date

July 13, 2012 12:04 PM EDT

Description

We found a half dead dragonfly. We were sad, but grateful to be able to observe it up close.

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White Oak Quercus alba

Observer

wlcook

Date

April 17, 2016 11:56 AM EDT

Description

The Earlysville White Oak is majestic and when I told my son that it took root more than 200 years before Jefferson was even born, well I think we were utterly enchanted.

With a 292-foot circumference at breast height, the Earlysville Oak is the second-largest white oak in Virginia. At last count, the mammoth tree stands 75 feet tall and sports an 85-foot crown (the measurement from branch tip to branch tip). That’s large enough to hold a humpback whale in its canopy with room to spare. Virginia’s champion white oak, a 500-year-old tree in Brunswick County, is reportedly 331 feet in circumference with a 120-foot crown.

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Southern Live Oak Quercus virginiana

Observer

wlcook

Date

March 27, 2016 11:50 AM EDT

Description

The magnificent Angel Oak. The tree is estimated to be 400-500 years old and stands 66.5 ft tall, measures 28 ft in circumference, and produces shade that covers 17,200 square feet.

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Great Egret Ardea alba

Observer

wlcook

Date

April 1, 2016 11:48 AM EDT

Description

We saw some egrets, with no regrets.

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Five-slotted Sand Dollar Mellita quinquiesperforata

Observer

wlcook

Date

April 1, 2016 11:46 AM EDT

Description

A living sand dollar observed and released.

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Monarch Danaus plexippus

Observer

wlcook

Date

September 17, 2016 11:39 AM EDT

Description

Observed during VMN training.

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Yellow Garden Spider Argiope aurantia

Observer

wlcook

Date

September 17, 2016 11:38 AM EDT

Description

Found during VMN training.

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White Micrathena Micrathena mitrata

Observer

wlcook

Date

September 12, 2016 11:37 AM EDT

Description

Spinybacked Orb Weaver, Gasteracantha cancriformis found just off trail.

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Barred Owl Strix varia

Observer

wlcook

Date

August 25, 2017 11:24 AM ADT

Description

Another owl release. Always a joy to witness.

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Eastern Great Horned Owl Bubo virginianus ssp. virginianus

Observer

wlcook

Date

October 2, 2016 11:20 AM EDT

Description

Male Great Horned Owl release at sunset. It was rescued as a nestling after he was injured when his nest fell from top of a nearby tree. 6 months later he was released. Dr. Belinda Burwell, has been caring for sick and injured wildlife for 30 years, and founded Wildlife Veterinary Care to fill the need for wildlife rescue and stewardship in Northern Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.

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Domestic Horse Equus caballus

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 5, 2016 11:14 AM EDT

Description

On our way back from seeing synchronous fireflies in Great Smokey Mountains National Park, we decide to take a 40 minute detour to find "wild" ponies on top of the mountain at Grayson Highlands State Park. We found them! More than 100 "wild" ponies roam wild within Mount Rogers National Recreation Area and neighboring Grayson Highlands State Park in southwestern Virginia
Read more:

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/more-than-100-ponies-roam-free-this-park-virginia-180959786

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Boat-tailed Grackle Quiscalus major

Observer

wlcook

Date

January 15, 2017 11:11 AM EST

Description

Pitstop during Florida roadtrip when my son shared his snack with some grackles.

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European Green Crab Carcinus maenas

Observer

wlcook

Date

June 22, 2015 11:08 AM EDT

Description

Time of wonder spent with beloved family at their Maine Cottage.

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Fragile Forktail Ischnura posita

Observer

wlcook

Date

August 18, 2014 11:05 AM EDT

Description

Itsy bitsy Damselfly on my son's fingertip at our local nature center.

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