Every year, I await the sighting of my first Osprey hovering over the water, preparing to dive for a fish, marking the end of the depths of the New England winter. Seemingly in concert with the vernal equinox during the third week of March, Ospreys return from their South American wintering grounds, a migration of over 3,000 miles to the marshes and kettle ponds of Cape Cod. I imagine what a shock it must be to leave the tropical wetlands of Brazil and Venezuela for the dreary rains and biting winds of our shores along the North Atlantic.
As the weather warms, you may see an Eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina) on your local travels and walks. Learning about the locations of local sightings helps HCT understand box turtle presence relative to conservation lands and potential areas to preserve.
If you come across a box turtle, HCT asks for a few photos of the turtle, time and date, address/location where found, direction the turtle was traveling in, and description of the habitat.
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As Cape Codders, we know the truth in Twain’s words and are experts at riding the meteorological roller coaster that is spring on this ocean-cradled spit of land.
No matter how unpredictable our weather might be though, spring arrives with unmitigated certainty upon the wings of the native birds that winter here alongside the many migrants who make their ways to our shores from far-flung corners of the globe.
An Atlantic white cedar swamp is a mysterious place of mossy hummocks rambling around the roots of dignified spires stretching skyward. If you’re unfamiliar with these fascinating wetland communities, picture towering cedars casting deep shade on the boggy, tumbled terra firma below.
The Wilsons bring owls that are found locally including great-horned owl with golden irises, red morph screech owl and the soda can-sized saw-whet owl. They also showcase owls from around the globe, including the Eurasian eagle owl (largest owl species in the world) and the South American spectacled owl. The barred owl with its dark charcoal-colored eyes and the striking snowy owl will also make an appearance. – See more at: http://harwichconservationtrust.org/eyes-on-owls/#sthash.l69lwALO.dpuf