We don't have Monday, June 25, circled in red on our calendar, and you probably don't either. Nevertheless, it will be a noteworthy—and very good—day. That's when The Naturalist's Notebook will launch its fourth season in our crazy, beautiful little 1895 building at 16 Main Street in Seal Harbor, Maine, just a few hundred yards from the Atlantic Ocean and Acadia National Park. With the countdown clock ticking (and, in my other world, Olympic preparations for Sports Illustrated reaching a peak), I haven't had time to focus on the blog, but here are shots of just a few of the creatures, creations and curiosities that have occupied us lately:
Want a short and soothing break? Watch this short video of an especially vocal robin singing in the grass near Jordan Pond House in Acadia National Park. Pamelia filmed it a few days ago and we posted it on youtube.
Answers to the Last Puzzler
1) The nest was built by a tree swallow.
2) Turtles are reptiles, not amphibians.
3) The word herpetologist comes from a Latin verb meaning to creep.
What kind of birds are the nestlings below, just photographed here in Maine?
a) red-winged blackbirds