It’s very exciting to see the number and variety of animals living on and using the OPET conservation lands. OPET set up wildlife cameras in various spots around the pond hoping to capture the presence of any animals. There are many animals out there!
The camera photographed deer, coyotes, flying squirrels, an opossum, raccoons, otters and fishers – a nice record of a variety of animals. It’s very exciting and gratifying to know these animals are making OPET’s lands their home.
We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the purchase of these conservation lands and made it possible for us to preserve these beautiful conservation lands in perpetuity. With your help we are able to protect this land for all of these critters!
Here are all of the videos from December 2019 put together! Lots of different kinds of animals! The camera was set up near Mosquito Creek on our Zinn Park property off of Ransom Road.
More videos at the weir, the narrow outlet to Oyster Pond, during the spring herring migration. Keep an eye out for a river otter swimming through the weir at .25 and a mink at .31. You can see their eyes reflected in the low light of the wildlife camera. The video also features a fox and a fat racoon that tried to jump across the weir. Ow!
Everyone is turning up to fish for herring at the Oyster Pond outlet, also know as the weir. It’s amazing how the animals know when the spring herring migration begins. Look for a racoon fishing along the shallows at around .17.
It’s all deer in these videos from February 2020.
Bats: Miraculous Mammals of the Night – was the featured talk at our August 2019 Annual Meeting. Many thanks to Mary-Kate Shea for filming the talk. So nice to know we have four species of bats, some of them endangered, using the OPET conservation lands!
Bats at one of the vernal pools! Also listen the deafening chorus of peepers!