Friday, January 25 a deer got caught in the thin ice across from Cabin 144 and froze. She was breakfast for seven eagles by morning. They took turns feeding. There were never more than two at a time eating but you could see the others in the trees waiting their turn.
Snapping Turtles Mating by Dave Zavracky
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Being a cabin owner allows for some truly fascinating encounters with the outdoor world. The real and natural, yet seldom seen lives of well-known creatures offer us some truly unique discoveries and experiences. When you spend time in the natural environment, chances are, sooner or later, you’ll run into something that will demand your attention. It happened to me while out fishing on Longwood Lake one morning in mid-May. I came upon a rather unusual looking floating object. Upon closer inspection I noticed the shell of a snapping turtle. As I came right up upon it, I determined that it was two snapping turtles locked together. The two turtles drifted with the current down into lower Longwood lake.
Snapping turtles mate between April and November, influenced by the gradually warming water in the spring and become most active breeding during the warmer months. They begin courtship by facing one another and moving their heads from side to side. Mating begins, in the water, with the male mounting the female and adjusting his tail beneath the female’s to allow the cloacal openings to touch. The female can store the male’s semen within herself for months, delaying fertilization until the optimum time. Delayed fertilization helps snapping turtle populations spread. A female can travel overland to a new lake, pond, or marsh, before initiating fertilization in the new habitat. She excavates a cavity on dry land with her hind feet, buries up to 60 eggs and then leaves. The young turtles find their own way back to the water. Raccoons, foxes, coyotes, and minks raid the nests and prey on hatchlings. Once they reach the water, the young are vulnerable to fish, snakes and wading birds.
On Saturday, March 2nd Aaron (Cabin # 196) took these pictures of the power line cut as seen from Berkshire Valley Road.
Aaron writes: “There is some very serious equipment sitting off the road between BVR and the lake. There are cranes at the east and west ridges erecting new bases for new towers (I think). Bases are in place for the tower closest to BVR. Nothing appears to be driving (trucks or machines) up the hill from BVR to the west ridge. There are erosion control measures in place. Lots of stone where soil is disturbed with by trucks and machinery.”
This is the end of Aaron’s March 2nd power line pictures. Thanks very much for taking them.