June 17, 2021

Lake Nature Walk

Today I did my nature walk at Schlegel Lake in Washington Township, NJ. I go running around this lake all the time so I have grown almost used to the scenery and rarely ever embrace it. So, today I set out to change that. I went around the lake and tried to investigate all of the plant life around it. The weather was about 75º F and it was very sunny. I was really looking for some colorful plants but actually couldn't find any that were there naturally. So, there's a lot of green in today's observations. I also included a picture of a deer I saw walking around just to show some of the other life around that probably utilizes these plants often. I was in a wooded area for about 15 minutes and couldn't find too much plant diversity. On the tail end of my walk around the lake, I actually found what I think is some sort of fern that would fit into the heterospory group. I also found a tree that seemed to be bearing some sort of fruit which I believe is a type of peach.

Posted on June 17, 2021 20:01 by aidandaly aidandaly | 8 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment

June 10, 2021

Ridgewood Duck Pond Nature Walk

I went with my dog on a nature walk around a pond about 10 minutes from where I live in Bergen County, New Jersey. We walked around for about 45 minutes. It was nice and sunny at the time sitting at about 85ºF. The pond isn't too big maybe 1/5th of the size of the res at BC but there are tons of trees and rocks around it. There were lots of ducks and I saw some feathers from what looked like different types of birds but I wanted to focus more on the fungi, lichens, and microbe colonies. I was successful in finding lots of different moss and lichen species. I came across two mushrooms which I also linked in my observations. One of the species that I now know is a lichen I had originally thought was a colony of bacteria that were growing on a boulder, they are actually called Sunken Disk Lichens. It was their shape and the way they grew that made me think they were bacteria colonies. I also realized that a lot of what many people think of as mosses are actually lichens which are not the same thing as they are not plants. I put some pictures of what I believe are mosses in my observations linked here to show the differences between them. I had looked in the water to see if I could find some algae or microbial mats but was unable to find any on the edge where I was. I had a great time walking around and really looking at nature. I found that when you're looking for it you can really see all the amazing biodiversity we have around us all the time.

Posted on June 10, 2021 16:42 by aidandaly aidandaly | 7 observations | 0 comments | Leave a comment