Sunday June 13, 2015:  After dodging the early morning rain, the team of volunteers was able to complete the second Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) session. We banded 21 new birds and had 9 recaptures. Even though the numbers were a little low, we had a nice variety of species. By far the most interesting bird of the day was a recaptured Veery, which was banded as an After Second Year Bird in 2011. This means that this bird is at least seven years old!

Birds are not the only interesting organisms at High Acres Nature Area. Barbara Wagner, one of the MAPS volunteers, took the attached photograph of a snake attempting to swallow a snail which appears to be too wide to be eaten. At the very least, you have to admire the snake’s ambition!  –

A Garter Snake attempts to eat a

A Northern Water Snake attempts to eat a snail.  It looks like he is trying to swallow the whole shell . . . but most snail-eating snakes pull the snail from the shell with their teeth.