I’ve been searching for salamanders since early last week. They finally started to move Saturday, so I helped out with a naturalist program Saturday night.
Here’s a large male. (We actually saw this one Monday night. I had a St. Patrick’s Day party at my house for the church small group that meets here, my parents, and another friend. Anyway, part of the festivities included a trek over to the park in the dark to see what we could see.)
That’s a mole salamander; they spend the year underground but come out around this time of year to mate. (He’s making his way to the vernal pool.)
This is a very large crayfish (from Saturday night)!
And, somehow, I fit about 15 people in my living room and 9 people (mostly kids) in my dining room. Monday (not technically St. Patrick’s Day, I know) was gorgeous here! It was about 70F and sunny!
And flowers from my thoughtful friend!
~Lali (Sugarcreek Township, Ohio)