Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Friday, August 8, 2014

Wetland Campers spotted this wasp digging a hole in the path this week! We placed cones around her for safety and watched from a distance. Our guest speaker on bugs, Jim Steamer, took this photo and let us know that this is a Great Golden Digger Wasp female, who digs a chamber and lays eggs, then places a paralyzed prey (like a grasshopper) in the hole for the larva before covering it up again! What a great lesson at Wetlands Camp! (And we learned that these wasps are not aggressive and are considered beneficial). Click here for some quick facts about this insect, or HERE for an interesting study some folks in Texas did on these wasps.

Monday, July 28, 2014

New this year - The Friends of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center!

Joining the Friends of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center offers some great perks and the chance to be part of a group who supports this precious ecosystem and the education programs linked to it!

With lots of different membership options, its great for everyone!

Please follow the link HERE to the information flyer on the website or HERE for the online registration page.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Marsh Madness Fitness Fun Event

Join us on Saturday, July 26 from 8 am- noon and experience the Marsh is a whole new way! Lock Haven University student, Zachary Bechdel, lined up a fun morning full of outdoor events including:

8 am - Birdwatching w/ Doug Wentzel of Shaver's Creek
9 am - Yoga w/ Katy Barlow of Lila Yoga
10 am - Backpacking & Hiking w/ Dave Gantz of Appalachian Outdoors
11 am - Zumba - Instructor's name soon!

A $5 per person donation is asked for yoga, backpacking
& hiking, and zumba to help support the nature center! Pre-registration is requested but walk ins are also welcome!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

A Cecropia Moth!

A kind stranger brought us a Cecropia Moth cocoon last year and we overwintered it, then placed it in a bush this Spring. Last week - during a big thunderstorm - look who appeared!

This is a female Cecropia Moth and we were utterly delighted to meet her. She was trying to dry her wings in the rain, so staff helped her to a sheltered spot where she could be dry. By morning, there was a mate!

Please visit the facebook page to see the full photo album! HERE

Cecropia Moths are the biggest in North America. The moths only live for a few days - they do not even eat! They mate and lay eggs. The entire life span from egg to caterpillar to cocoon to moth is one full year. Here is a great article that talks more about these amazing creatures!