03-28-2019 Outdoors

NEW 4-H CLUB MEMBERS… Straight Shooters 4-H Club recent open house was a great success! Four veteran members did an awesome job organizing and making the new members feel welcome. Pictured are (from the left): Maddie Swisher – Club Secretary/ photographer brought in her bow and equipment; Darlene Mattson – Club Vice President brought her bow and equipment, she is still teaching; President Maggie Avery who brought in her 22 rifle and case to display; Zach Smith saved the day with his laptop so they were able to fill out club paper work on five new members who are (continuing from the left) Santiago Wilkinson, Henry Lowry, Benjamin Lowry, Reid Lowry and Charlotte Lowry. Also in the near future the Lowry kids’ father and grandfather will be joining as parent volunteers and possibly leaders. Straight Shooters Club is excited for these kids and the upcoming fun they will have this year!

The spring ponds echoed with the sound of duck laughter. Except ducks don’t laugh and there were no ducks to be seen. We were listening to the calls of wood frogs. These frogs (as well as gray tree frogs, spring peepers, and chorus frogs) hibernate on land, rather than in pond mud, and so are exposed to freezing temperatures. This is not a problem, however as they just spend the winter as frogsicles, literally frozen solid. Well, most of their body is frozen. Ice forms in the body cavity and spaces between cells. However, ice crystals do not form inside the cells where they would cause extensive damage. Two chemicals flood the frogs’ bodies at the first sensation of freezing tissue. Glycerol protects cell membranes surrounded by ice crystals. Glucose ensures that the ice formation only occurs outside the cells. Together, these products enable the frogs to survive temperatures as low as -17.6° F. Visit our wetland trails in early spring for the chance to hear these amphibians. Lake Milton Raptor Center is presenting two live birds of prey presentations on Saturday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. at the Nature Center. Meet many different species of raptors up close and learn about their lives! Cost is $6/adult and $2/child and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


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