Wildlife at the Masonic Park & Youth Camp

  • Cotton Tail Rabbit

    The eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus) is found throughout the eastern two-thirds of the United States and south through Mexico. The cottontail is reddish brown to gray along the back and sides, while the underside is gray to white. The underside of the tail is snow white and is very bright when the rabbit runs, thus the name “cottontail.” Source:http://www.in.gov

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  • Little Blue Heron

    The Little Blue Heron is a slender, medium size wading bird that stands about two feet tall. Its body and wings are slate blue. It has a dull purple head and neck. Its long bill is grayish-blue at the base and black at the tip. The Little Blue has light green legs and yellow eyes. The Little Blue does not stand and wait for its food. It paces busily in shallow water searching for insects, fish and crabs which it nimbly snatches with its pointed bill. Source:http://www.nightbreeze.com

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  • White Ibis

    White Ibis birds range in length from about 20 to 30 inches (50 to 75 cm). Some are white, with colored heads, legs, and tails; others have variously colored plumage. Their necks, legs, and down-curving bills are long, their tails short. Ibises feed in mud and shallow water on small animals. They build nests of sticks on the ground or in trees or bushes. Source:http://www.animal.discovery.com

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  • Gopher Tortoise

    Gopher tortoises are moderately sized, terrestrial turtles averaging nine to 11 inches in length. The species is identified by its stumpy, elephantine hind feet and flattened, shovel-like forelimbs adapted for digging. The shell is oblong and gener- ally tan, brown or gray. The gopher tortoise occurs in the southeastern Coastal Plain from southeastern South Carolina to extreme south-eastern Louisiana.. Source:http://www.myfwc.com

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