Thursday, May 22, 2014

This weeks shots

The killdeer are having trouble keeping their babies in line. She herded them all over yelling at them the whole way.

At this stage they are only 2 inches tall. Really, they look like toys.

The resident Scissor Tail at the Visitor Information Station.

just passing through on a beautiful day.

A Great Gray Hereon fishing on Shovelers Pond.

They still move the Cattle the old fashion way.

Lots of noise and dust .

Another sleepy Night Hawk out in the middle of no where on a sunny day.

A Crested Cara-Cara Coming into have a conversation with a friend.

These birds are just awesome to see in motion.

Even the Lily Pads are starting to flower .

This guy was singing up a storm when we caught him sitting .

Too tired to fly.

So undecided as to which way to go.

All the Daisy's  are in bloom .

This area is usually called Deep marsh. There hasn't been any real rain here in 20 days and the Refuge is starting to dry out in many areas. This area was full of Snow Geese just 3 months ago.

The Salt Cedars are starting to go into their blooming and they are not quite flowers but not cones either.

Killdeer eggs in her nest by the RV Pads. They only nest in stones that look like their eggs.

It's home.

Some of this mornings clouds on our way to the Refuge.

Setting up this mornings program with our Volunteer Coordinator. This part of the program takes place on a Pond and we teach about the importance of wetlands and how important they are for the environment. We spent about 45 minutes with them netting small critters from the fresh water pond and trying to identify them.

On East Galveston  Bay with our 95 4th graders this morning . Here we now take the children into salt water and try too keep get them from getting to wet and do the same style program we did at the fresh water pond. Net small critters and try to identify them. Here it a little easier as we get shrimp and small crabs. Lots of net bugs and such. The Kids actually caught some type of sea creature that no one could identify and we took pictures of it for the future when we can try and look it up. Lots of neat stuff. At this program I believe I have more fun than the kids and this was our last school program here for this Season. 

It was a Beautiful day for this Wonders of the Wetlands show.

Everyone watching as Stephanie gives her wetlands filtering demonstration.

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