Seasons of Wildlife

 

 

Featured Species

 

White-tailed Deer

Currently our deer population is MUCH higher than our target of goal of 20 to 30 deer per square mile. At these extreme densities, deer can over browse the available vegetation and, therefore, degrade habitat for other species. Deer-car collisions and deer browsing ornamental plantings in the adjacent residential areas become more serious problems at high deer densities. Our goal is to maintain the deer population at 20 to 30 deer per square mile and the ratio of antlerless to antlered deer, 3:1.

 

 

 

Osprey

The osprey, sometimes known as a fish eagle or fish hawk, is a common sight along the bay in the spring and summer months (March – September). Their outstretched wings can span over five feet across. Ospreys are very well adapted to catch and eat fish. They can bend their outer toe backwards to help hold slippery fish and have sharp spicules on the bottom of their toes to help hold the fish. Osprey can also close their nostrils when plunging into the water to catch their prey. Their large hooked beak and talons help them eat the fish when it finds a resting place.

 

 

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