The Necedah National Wildlife Refuge had a presentation on Bobcats this afternoon, so my grandparents took myself and two of my sisters. “Just a presentation” turned into a hike, photography shoot, and an adventure!
The presentation itself was very informative and enjoyable, and I am planning to attend the rest of the Refuge Wildlife Series in August. They will be talking about Fishers, Badgers, and River Otters. If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping in for a visit!
After the presentation, we perused the building and the interesting hands-on learning activities it has to offer, then headed out the door to the boardwalk. Once outside we heard bullfrogs croaking in the marsh, watched dragonflies and damselflies zipping through the air, and chased Leopard Frogs in the reeds.
After a wonderful – and educational! – walk around the marsh, we headed back towards our vehicle and home. But we didn’t get home without more excitement…
As we drove out of the refuge, a White-Tailed Deer, standing in the middle of a small road, caught my eye. I said something about it, and that led us to explore one of the roads leading back to a hidden spot – a spot I think would be excellent for canoeing! Hidden from the main drive, it opens up into a marsh filled with plants, birds, frogs, and insects of all kinds. Wild roses are in full bloom right now, which makes the spot look and smell lovely, and songbirds of the marsh call loudly, alerting the neighboring critters that humans are near.
When we left that hidden spot and started home, we were once more distracted; this time by a Pileated Woodpecker. Unfortunately, I never got a photograph, but the chase was on as soon as Grandpa pulled off the road. Using the Durango as a sort of blind, I sat and waited for the woodpecker to show itself for a photo shoot. But alas! they are extremely shy birds, and he stayed on the back side of the trees, flying through the woods. The few glimpses I did manage to get of him were excellent and made my day. 😀