Wildlife at Planter
Note: Our wildlife information comes from the links listed below. Unless otherwise noted, all photos are taken by Planter. Bear with us while we recover some files and reconstruct our web site.
Watch eagles and peregrine falcons raise their young at the webcame sites listed below. You can watch them breaking out of their shells (pipping) and, ultimately, learning how to fly. Eagles pip in March and Peregrines a month later.
In April, when snow is still on the ground, hunger drives deer out into our meadow. Each year, New Hampshire Fish and Game determines the number of deer hunting permits to issue based on the severity of winter affecting the population.
May brings a palette of colors to the roadside: Trillium is more common in low-lying forested areas. If we are lucky, we find Common Lady's Slipper growing along the road under our rhododendron; they are listed as imperiled in NH due primarily to development and'wildcrafting.'
Hummingbirds below appear at Planter in mid- to late May. Their nesting period is in the spring, so there may be a nest nearby. According to the Northern Prairie Research Center website (link below), hummingbirds have the largest brain size proportionate to its body size than any other birds and they consume half their weight in sugars in a day. No wonder they are so aerodynamically efficient! The hummingbird feeder is especially helpful to them in early spring before flowers are in full bloom.
The vernal pool frog eggs in our lower
field are the first indicator that spring is here.
The Warner River enters the field, but since there is no egress, predators tend to avoid entering. Frogs and salamanders find this an ideal place to lay their eggs.
Decorah, Iowa, Eagle CamRelatively new site that is "wildly" popular.
Peregrine Web Cam PAOne of the oldest sites that has successfully helped raise many generations of Peregrine Falcons.
U.S. FWS, West VAAnother good site at the National Conservation Training Center in West VA
USGS Patuxent Bird ID InfoCenter
NH Birding List
NH Bird List Admin
Animal Database, (Univ. of MI)
Critter Corner(EEK), WI
Oregon Sea Grant - Research, Education
Oregon Wildlife - Whooo Am I and other Neat Stuff
NH Heritage Inventory
Northern Prairie Biological Resources (USGS)