Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Red Eft

Tom Foster shares another photo this week from the forest of a red eft. Tom has found the red eft to be abundant this year.

The bright orange coloring tells us that this little guy is in the juvenile stage of his life cycle. During this stage he is land-dwelling. After about 3 years of a terrestrial lifestyle the red eft will enter into the third stage of the life cycle. During this adult stage he will become a newt. At this stage he will turn green and return to the aquatic lifestyle he was born into. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Last year's young?

Our Forester, Tom Foster snapped this shot of a young porcupine while visiting a wood lot.  I read up a little about porcupines and found out they are among the creatures that bear young shortly after Memorial Day. This leaves me believing this little fellow made it through his first New York winter.