Past Meeting, Jun 2021: Nature Walk – Nixon County Park with Kelsey Frey0
June 20, 2021 by lancasterherp
The Lancaster Herpetological Society (LHS) wants to thank everyone that made it to Richard Nixon Park for our first nature walk of the year on Friday!
Richard Nixon Park is a 187-acre park south of the city of York. We had around two hours of daylight to explore, under the helpful guide of Kelsey Frey, who manages the Nature Center at the park. In that time, we were able to see a lot of the diverse habitats that the park has to offer, including a pond, a stream nestled amidst the forest, and wetlands. There were not many amphibians and reptiles out and about, but the evening was very pleasant; it being warm but not overly hot. It was perfect weather for a relaxed stroll through nature. Our tally of herps for the evening was: three snapping turtles, one painted turtle, two two-lined salamanders, a probable northern red salamander larva, a green frog, and some tadpoles (potentially for Spring Peepers).
Despite not seeing any snakes, the evening was a rousing success. Everyone appreciated the chance to be outside and away from the bustle of everyday life.
We want to thank everyone for coming and especially thank Kelsey for taking the time to show us around. If you have not been to Richard Nixon Park before, I highly recommend you give it a visit! The next meeting is Friday, July 16th, and will be another in-person nature walk! It will be at White Cliffs of Conoy in Marietta, PA.
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