Nature Journaling Weblog
One of the most amazing and mysterious animals with an ocean connection is the American eel.
Although Chautauqua Lake, my home watershed, is hundreds of miles upstream from the ocean, it is a major migration stop for thousands of Tundra Swans each spring and fall, between their high arctic breeding grounds and their wintering areas along the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States.
Today the lake is covered with a
Everyone is connected by water to the ocean. Try tracing the path of the water in your home once you've used it and it goes down the drain. You may need to do some research to find out where "your" wastewater is treated, especially the waterway the treated water flows into.
Two American White Pelicans made a rare appearance on the open waters of Chautauqua Lake this spring. I observed one of them on March 26.
Snowfall in the Chautauqua Watershed began in earnest in November, well over a month before the start of official winter. Snowfall totals to date are approaching the 300-inch mark. That's 25 feet of snow. Lake Erie remains completely frozen over. This winter has been long. Snowy.
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