Remember, as a child, how you would go out in the yard and see what mischief you could get into? Sometimes you’d lay in the grass with the sunshine warming your face, and then you’d begin to notice a small lady bug making it’s trek up a blade of grass. Your eyes would move onto background, and you might spot a slow and determined turtle making it’s way across bumpy terrain. Then, you’d hear a rustling in the trees, and look up to see a slightly spastic squirrel jumping from one branch to the next. If you had a chance to get to the water and get your feet wet, you may also see the reflective silver flashes of minnows in the water with water strider shadows hovering above. Maybe you seek out wildlife in your neck of the woods. We call them Pringle Creek critters. At Pringle Creek Community, one of the favorite pass times is observing the magical things that visit us on the earth, in the water, and way up in the sky. We call them Pringle Creek critters.
Nature is all around us at Pringle Creek Community. We treasure our little ecosystem that is teaming with life. There have been many sightings over the years of wildlife scurrying about the grounds at Pringle Creek Community. Some of them are feathered, while others come with scales, fur, or a slimy amphibious skin. Neighbors may see some turkeys or deer in their backyard, or a blue heron taking flight across a field. The creek has wildlife like salmon and crayfish with an occasional frog. If you are a birder at heart, then beyond turkeys and herons, residents have spotted are Tree Swallows, Red Stuffed Flickers, Downy Woodpeckers, Barn Swallows, Crows, Robins, Bluebirds, Towhees, Snowy Owls, and Bald Eagles. And let’s not forget our smallest of friends, insects like ladybugs, and precious pollinators like butterflies and bees. There may also be furry critters of the domesticated variety being walked around by their humans. We have even seen chicken’s being walked in harnesses around here.
We’d love to know what you are spotting along the paths on your walk about here. If you spot a species you know or don’t know at all, take a photo and post it with the hashtag #pringlecreekcritters. This will enter you for a chance to win compostable poop bags for your pet or a friend’s furry companion. Are you excited yet? Let’s begin discovering what is out there!
If you’re not sure where to start, take a look at some of these links to begin brushing up on species identification: