Spring is here!
Today, March 20th, is officially the first day of Spring! In the Northern Hemisphere, the March equinox occurs when the Sun crosses the equator line. This event marks the start of spring in the northern half of the globe. We know we're looking forward to warmer weather and the start of Turtle Season in May!
Happy World Wildlife Day!
The theme for this year is to raise awareness of forests, forest-dwelling wildlife and the efforts of forest communities - in order to promote conservation and sustainable use of forest ecosystems and biodiversity. The White-Tailed Deer, Cardinal, and Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker are all wildlife that reside within the maritime forest here on BHI.
Slow motion of a dolphin leaping out of the water. Dolphins jump out of the water for a variety of reasons - for fun, to increase visibility, remove parasites, as well as improve their navigation.
Close-up of a Green Anole. This small green lizard typically grows up to 6” in length with a bright or medium-green back and white belly. When threatened, it will show off a bright red throat pouch (called a dewlap) as a sign of aggression. Green anoles also show dominance by flaring their dewlaps. Photo by @tasneemphotography
Bottlenose Dolphins can frequently be seen off of East and South Beach. They eat a variety of food from fish to squid and shrimp. Bottlenose dolphins use individualized whistles to communicate information regarding their location, condition and identity with each other.
Alligator Close Up
Eyes just above the surface - alligators are ambush predators, lying concealed in the water waiting for prey to come close. Then with a quick burst of speed, the alligator will grab their prey with its teeth, and exert over 3,000 lbs of pressure per square inch.
Squirrel Tree Frog
The Squirrel Tree Frog, also known as a "rain frog," calls during and after rain storms. Emitting a noise like a squirrel chattering, giving the frog its namesake. Listen for their calls across the coastal southeast. Photo by @tasneemphotography
Happy Halloween! Today, we have one of the spookier crustaceans - the Ghost Crab! Like their namesake the ghost - these iridescent crabs mainly come out at night - looking for coquina clams and mole crabs to prey on.
Bald Head Island is home to Leafcutter Bees. These bees are important native pollinators of North America. They get their namesake by cutting leaves to construct nests for their larvae. Photo by @tasneemphotography
Alligator Close Up
American Alligators have between 74-80 teeth at any given time. Gators can go through 3,000 teeth in their lifetime. On Bald Head, they can be seen in the various freshwater ponds.