Critter Count 2014 : a spring tradition

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For many years now, we’ve gone to the Critter Count event organized by Vancouver Water Resource Center.  I think we’ve been going for maybe 8, 9 years? Not sure.  I’ve lost track without my digital and online journaling.  But it’s been a very long time.  I think Lucas was not even walking the first time he went.  That would make it 8 years ago.

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It’s a fun tradition.  This year, we talked about not going, we were all a little tired of the beginning of the spring busy-ness.  Lucas had had a small sidewalk injury and was feeling a little sore. The garden and yard was calling us.  But that morning we decided to go for it.  And we were all glad we did.  It is so much fun.  Every time.  Every time is different.

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We have new experiences.  We love seeing the people who organize it each year.  We enjoying learning from them, their experiences, their time, their knowledge.

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This year we went back to Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge. It is such a pretty place.  We had sunshine too.  What a treat it was.

DSC_0054-small DSC_0056-small DSC_0055-small DSC_0057-small DSC_0059-small DSC_0081-smallOnce it started to warm up a little, we saw tadpoles.

DSC_0064-small DSC_0071-small DSC_0066-small DSC_0072-smallWe found one tree frog.  I think they are my favorite!

DSC_0086-small DSC_0059-smallWe looked everywhere.  It seems like we didn’t see as many critters as we have before.  Maybe it’s because it had been very cold up until then.  A late spring.

DSC_0087-small DSC_0090-small DSC_0091-smallWe found a second garter snake.

DSC_0093-small DSC_0096-smallWe measured it and let it go.

DSC_0108-small DSC_0110-small DSC_0100-smallAnd found a bull frog we had to catch, because they are invasive here in the Pacific Northwest.

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Headed towards another wetland.

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DSC_0131-small DSC_0128-smallAnd in the middle of the grasses, yet another garter snake.

DSC_0133-small DSC_0132-small DSC_0135-smallOak galls.

DSC_0142-small DSC_0137-small DSC_0138-smallTall Oregon Grape.

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DSC_0147-small DSC_0148-smallAnd oh the view.

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And I do believe these kids had the best seats.

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As we are walking out…

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We stopped by to see the longhouse, and remember that we had studied them just last year.

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We’ve seen it before, and I love seeing it every time.

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We had such a beautiful morning. ‘Til next year, then.

 

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2 Responses to Critter Count 2014 : a spring tradition

  1. Katie says:

    My husband would have loved this event! He loves amphibians. Amazing you found (and caught!) that little tree frog and salamander.

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