Sunday, March 31, 2019

Mar 31, 2019: March 2019 Collage

March 2019 photos from the blog by Kevin Kane and Wolf. Oesterreich.

Mar 30, 2019: Snowmelt

The spring thaw has left the wetlands full of water from melting snow and ice. This photo shows the island that has developed between wetlands C, F, and P in the middle of the park. (Kevin Kane, 3/30/19)

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Mar 29, 2019: Sand Hill Cranes

While rounding the west side of the south lake I heard the call of a Sandhill Crane over the sound of a chainsaw (city crew cutting down some trees).  I looked around and then spotted a single crane flying southward along the east side of the Park.  Paul Domoto just missed it.  Later while at the main parking lot I received a call from Paul telling me to look up.  I did, but I didn't see anything.I turned around and then spotted the 6 Sandhill Cranes flying northward over the center of the Park.  Neither one of us heard they calling, which is unusual. All I was able to obtain was a silhouette of the 6 cranes. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 3/25/19)

Mar 28, 2019: Wetland Life

A pelican glides slowly along the wetland shore fishing as the geese gather in the foreground deep in the central wetlands. (Kevin Kane, 3/28/19)

Friday, March 29, 2019

Mar 27, 2019: Rescue Drill

The Ames Fire Department conducted their annual ice rescue drill at the NE corner of the north lake (by boat ramp). (Wolf. Oesterreich, 3/25/19)

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Mar 26, 2019: Ice Sculptured

The warming water of the south lake slowly melts the remaining ice near the south shore. (Kevin Kane, 3/21/19)

Mar 25, 2019: Northern Leopard Frog

The first Northern Leopard Frog of the year was found on the bridge spur (west side)on the 21st. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 3/21/19)