Monday, August 31, 2020

Aug 31, 2020: August 2020 AHHP Photo Collage

August 2020 photos from the blog by Wolf. Oesterreich, Kevin Kane, and Tana Tesdall.

Aug 30, 2020: Spotted Sandpiper

A Spotted Sandpiper and its reflected image in Pond G.  Females of this species mate with up to four males, leaving each to care for a clutch of eggs.  This is known as "polyandry". (Wolf. Oesterreich, 7/16/20)

Sunday, August 30, 2020

August 29, 2020: The Rock of Ada Hayden Heritage Park - Erv Klaas


One week ago, on Saturday, August 22, 2020, the City of Ames and the Friends of Ada Hayden Heritage Park honored Erv Klaas with the dedication of the10th heritage stone at the park for his "contributions to conservation in Iowa," and his "efforts in getting the park established and his continued effort in renovating the park to its native habitat." Below are several links that help document Erv's leadership and legacy in establishing the jewel of the Ames park system.

City of Ames press release

 Photos of the dedication

Video of the dedication

Ames Tribune dedication article 

 History of Ada Hayden Park with Erv

A 2013 Interview with Erv at Ada Hayden Park



Aug 27, 2020: Fiery Skipper

The first Fiery Skipper (Hylephila phyleus) of the season that I have observed was found today along the lakes trail (east side of the north lake).  These small butterflies visit a wide variety of flowers. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/18,20)

Aug 25, 2020: Otters at Play


Otters at the north end of pond H (Tana Tesdall, 8/9/20)

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Aug 23, 2020: Plains Garter Snake

A Plains Garter Snake curled along a willow branch about 2 to 3 off the ground.  The snake was observed along the lakes trail, just north of Pond N's outflow channel (SW corner of south lake).  Note that the lateral (cream to yellow) is on scale rows 3 and 4 above the belly.  The lateral line is on rows 2 and 3 on the Common (Eastern) Garter Snake.  The snake stayed in this position for several morning hours. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/15/20)

Friday, August 28, 2020

Aug 21, 2020: White-tailed Deer


A White-tailed Deer buck showing at least 7 points.  Found in the presence of a doe and her twin fawns. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/1/20)

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Aug 19, 2020: Eastern Tiger Swalllowtail

A black form female Eastern Tiger Swalllowtail is nectaring on the flowers of a Cup Plant. (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/4/20)

Aug 17, 2020: Belted Kingfisher


Belted Kingfisher by pond P. (Tana Tesdall, 8/3/2020)

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Monday, August 24, 2020

Aug 13, 2020: Lake Afire

A paddleboarder passes the bluff point (south lake) while mists rise from the water and the sun's rays set the air on "fire." (Wolf. Oesterreich, 8/4/20)