There are two species of gray treefrogs in Maryland: Gray Treefrog (Hyla versicolor) and Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis). You can’t tell them apart by looking at them. They do however have different calls.
This frog is a Cope’s Gray Treefrog (Hyla chrysoscelis) found on my deck. I’ve heard its call and the map (link below) confirms its range in Southern MD.
Spaces still available for this workshop. For students going into 2nd grade or higher.
Students will make
• a reversible apron out of project leftover fabric or recycled tablecloth, curtain or any other suitable fabric (provided by student). Or students will make an apron out of a dress that they out-grew. Sleeveless dresses work best.
• pottery bowls the way Indians did out of local clay. It is recommended that students wear old cloths early in the week while doing pottery.
• home-made stamps and use them to recycle a paper bag into a beautiful book cover. These are great for nature journal covers.
• a garden weaving used to decorate one’s garden (Garden Art) or students can choose to make a dream catcher (A Native American craft used to stop bad dreams).
• a feather pen and practice calligraphy. They will also make an envelope guide used to neatly address envelopes.
• fabric flower pins. Students will sew attractive flowers to be used to enhance a purse, dress, blouse, or even a headband.
On Friday afternoon, students will have a party. There will be a life sized tipi.
Other workshop dates: Aug 8th -12th and Aug 15th-19th.
How exciting: I discovered an eastern box turtle (Terrapene carolina carolina) digging a nest in my yard! We have a lot of box turtles on our property but I’ve never seen one build a nest. She reached in with her back leg and scooped out some dirt, and then she reached her other leg and scooped out some dirt. One leg then the other… She was at this for hours.
I took this video at 8pm. I sat nearby for a long time then took a break from the mosquitoes. When I came back at 10:30ish she had finished making her nest, laid her eggs and was in the process of returning the dirt into the hole.
I’m including this video, even though the quality is so bad, because I found it so interesting how she took such care in returning the soil. She mashes the soil down as best she can to pack it back in. When she completed her business, her nest location was undetectable.