Glacier Pools Preserve

………………….Walking Paths for Eastern Lycoming County

April 25, 2015
by Michael
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Trailing Arbutus

The arbutus is starting to bloom, the first of the spring flowers here. There is a small patch, easy to find, on the trail leading up to the “throne”. Look just to the left, opposite the white birch and aspen trees on the right. Look carefully; it is only an inch high. And please don’t pick any!
…next up, Amelanchier (Shadbush is the nickname, but none yet back to our section of the Susquehanna.)

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April 22, 2015
by Michael
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Salamander Heaven

So much for my resolution to make frequent blog entries. I’ll start now!

This was salamander spring for me. With a lot of coaching and guidance from amphibian biologist P.P. and watershed expert C.E. I nightly braved the frozen night snow way too early this cold spring then missed the magical first warm spring rain for a ski trip but still got to see a few swimming creatures after mating, lots of eggs, and a nice view of a beautiful departing adult spotted salamander (about 6″ long.)

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June 4, 2014
by Michael
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Ladyslippers

The orchids are back in bloom, though not exactly where I thought they were. Check them out this weekend. Both sides of shortcut trail about 100 ft in from the throne. I put the little signs in the right place. And keep your eyes out for ripe wild strawberries soon.

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April 14, 2014
by Michael
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Frog and salamander eggs

The first eggs of the season have been deposited in our vernal pools.  I was hoping to see the mass salamander mating when the snow and ice melted, but it was just too cold and I was away.  The first two pictures are spotted salamander egg masses.  They are surrounded by jelly and are just below the surface of the water.  They are white or clear, and often turn green with algae.  The third are wood frog eggs, forming a floating mat on the surface of the water.  Please don’t collect them yourself.  They won’t survive.  I returned these.  And come back weekly to see what comes out when they hatch.
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February 13, 2014
by Michael
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Winter

My delayed New Years Resolution is to post more and organize more for Glacier Pools Preserve.  So here is a picture of the recently plowed (by me) parking area.   Come trudge, snowshoe, or even XC ski the fields and trails (but not snowmobile, please.)

It took three trips to PR Hardware to get the linkage right on my old Wheelhorse.  It has never plowed so well, and needed the extra ability for this heavy, deep snow.

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October 4, 2013
by Michael
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Autumn colors

It’s been a great autumn for pretty colors. The lack of rain has kept leaves on our trees so that they could slowly mature and change (it also though dried the pools to muddy puddles.) The change in colors from yesterday to day was dramatic, and if the rain is only a sprinkle, the weekend should be peak. This picture is from the walk up to my “throne.”
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