‘Tis the Season

image‘Tis the season for critter catching.  The rain has let up for a bit as the sun is warming the days.  Bug jars have come out along with the blooming tulips and daffodils.  The rule at our house is that frogs and snakes may be kept on the back porch (NOT in the house) since they seem to find any little hole to crawl out of.  Ladybugs and boxelder bugs are allowed in jars in the house.  The kids are always on the look out for new little critters.  Several times they’ve caught a moth in the jar and a few days later the inside of the jar is covered in tiny little eggs.  These are watched closely until they hatch and itty-bitty caterpillars are inching all over the jar.  We also have bird feeders on the back deck and bird watching has become a favorite mealtime activity (and a distraction during school time).

As we’ve prepared for moving to PNG the kids have wanted to research what animals await their discovery.

There are marsupials related to those that live in Australia, like the Tree Kangaroo.

Cuscus is a slow moving animal about the size of a cat and sometimes mistaken for a sloth.

The male Bowerbird creates an elaborate bower and dances around flashing his feathers to attract a female.   A few years ago we watched a video of this, so we plan to watch it again before leaving.

Do you have any guesses as to what is the top predator in Papua New Guinea?  I was surprised to find out that it is the Harpy eagle as there are no large mammals that are predators on the island.

It will be an adventure as we explore the wildlife next fall!







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