Sunbathing in February

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My darling dog has cataracts but from the side you can see her pretty brown eyes

I got some better photographs from the holiday weekend (not over yet). The daily practice of shooting and writing means that I see something every day that I haven’t noticed before. Fact, last year my definition of duck was basically duck. Now I know four different kinds of ducks! Did you know there is more than one kind of goose?

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Snow goose enjoying black plastic environment of Brooklyn

The parks put this black plastic all around our “lake” to control the invasive phragmites. I was told that they will be taking it off this summer. Perhaps I will assist.

Did you know that the lake is fed by our drinking water? Catskills water, treated and piped in. That doesn’t seem remotely sustainable. The park should probably redesign our water features to use local resources. I never considered that they were using drinking water until BBG redesigned their water features to recirculate rainwater. Country girl mistake assuming water comes out of the ground, not from hundreds of miles away.

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even the turtles were sunbathing yesterday: Red Eared Slider

Red eared sliders are common in the Park and were introduced as freed pets. They brumate, not hibernate, so they can wake up when it is 60 degrees in February to bask and then sink back to the bottom of the lake and not breathe or eat for a few weeks when it gets cold again. Probably a good technique that helped them score a spot on the top 100 most invasive species in the world.

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Author: Emily

Writer/ Librarian

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