snapping turtles

©Kaitlin Erpestad,Hartley Nature Preschool. Used with permission.

In this encore edition of Backyard Almanac from September 23, 2016, the question emerges:  it's not why the snapping turtle crossed the road, it's how.

Mrdorkesq [via Flickr]

August was awesome, but Naturalist and author Larry Weber explains why September is wonderful. too.  Among many things to note: Bird migration is underway and next week will be a prime week to view raptors at Hawk Ridge.  It's also "turtle time," with baby snapping turtles emerging from their nests.  Leaves are starting to change and some late-season wildflowers are blooming too.

Paul VerDerWerf [via Flickr]

After an abundance of rain in recent days, naturalist Larry Weber says the weekend should be a fine time to get out and find mushrooms.  Late summer and early fall brings the beginning of fall colors, and many birds are starting to take wing, including hawks, flickers, blue jays, thrushes and turkeys. Even as temps start to turn cooler, many insects are still abundant, including green darner dragonflies, bees and butterflies. Larry has been hearing spring peepers and gray tree frogs in the woods, and the other day witnessed a new baby snapping turtle searching for the water.