We hanging out on the dock today, ready to meet some otters! Come join us campers as we say to some super cute residents of Lake Salamander!


North American River Otter Fun Facts: 

  • These members of the weasel family can grow up to 31 inches long and weigh up to 30 lbs.
  • Otters love burrows. They live in burrows near the body of water they call home. Often the burrow allows them to directly enter the water too.
  • Otters are predators and carnivores. They eat fish, amphibians and shellfish.
  • They are known for their playful behavior. They love to slide and interact with each other.
  • Even though they play with each other, otters prefer to live in their burrow alone or with offspring while they are young.
  • They have long powerful tails that make up about 40% of their body length. Those tails help propel them through the water.
  • Otters are known to be very vocal.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.



We love the otters that call this area home! They often visit us while we are out canoeing on the lake. They are quiet chatty and so much fun!


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Awesome Opossum!

Awesome Opossum!

This week- we are staying up late and meeting the critters who are nocturnal and one of our favorite camp nocturnal residents is the opossum! These marsupials get a bad rap, but they are truly amazing! We invited our friend Ophelia Opossum to come and share some neat facts with us here at camp!


Hi everyone! I’m here to share with you more about me! Yay!!!

  • I am the only marsupial in North America! That’s right- I have a pouch where my babies grow as they develop!
  • The name is Opossum- true possums live all the way around the other side of the world in Australia and New Guinea! So- remember the O!
  • We are mostly immune to venomous snakes! That’s right- we ain’t afraid of those legless reptiles!
  • I love to eat snails, slugs, beetles and most importantly – ticks! Yep- I can eat around 4,000 ticks a week! That’s good because those nasty bugs can transmit some dangerous diseases.
  • You primates think you are the only ones with opposable toes, well I am here to tell you- I have them too! They help me climb!
  • I also have a prehensile tail! I can hang from it, but only for short periods. I can also carry things like grass with it.
  • I have 50 teeth in my mouth! Say cheese!
  • Finally- I do play dead when I am threatened. It is an involuntary response- I can not control it. I can stay in this state for up to 4 hours!



People say we aren’t cute, but I totally disagree! Look at that pink nose and cute ears! We are much more helpful than you realized! Let’s all give the opossums out there some love and respect! Now, who wants to go play opossum with me down by Lake Salamander?

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What’s a Bibly?

What’s a Bibly?

We headed out to find one of Australia’s neatest little animals! These crazy looking marsupials are so cool and we couldn’t believe we met one! Are you ready to meet them too?








Date: 4/26

Location: Great Victorian Desert

Greater Bibly Fun Facts:

  • Greater biblies are also known as bandicoots.
  • Bilbies have long snouts, large ears, back legs like a kangaroo and black & white tails! In other words- they are crazy looking!
  • They are nocturnal.


  • Greater biblies are mostly solitary.
  • Their pouches face backward to keep dirt out of it.
  • Greater bilbies do not drink water, they get all the moisture they need from the food they eat.








Bilbies are neat little critters! They are listed as vulnerable though. Again, their populations have dropped from predation from animals such as fox and feral cats. There are great conservation efforts happening to reintroduce bilbies in habitats where they were once gone.

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Tiny Marsupial

Tiny Marsupial

Well it doesn’t get much cuter than today’s animal! These tiny marsupials look like rodents, but they are not!

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Date : 4/5

Location: Great Victorian Desert

Sandhill Dunnart Fun Facts:

  • They are one of the largest members of the Dunnart family.
  • Sandhill dunnart have stiff black hairs on the underside of the tail.
  • These little marsupials are carnivores!
  • Their tails are longer then their bodies.


  • They live in burrows under the spinifex hummocks shrubs.
  • Sandhill dunnarts store fat in their tails.

sandhill dunnart

These little marsupials are threatened unfortunately. There are efforts in Australian zoos to increase their numbers! Woohoo!

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We have a new We Are Fanimaly for you today! Who’s ready to learn who is related to who?

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  • Koalas and Wombats are both marsupials.
  • Koalas and Wombats are found in Australia.
  • Koalas and Wombats are nocturnal.
  • Koalas are arboreal (they live in trees).
  • Wombats burrow underground.
  • Wombats are herbivores; they eat bark, grass, roots and shrubs.
  • Koalas are folivores; they eat eucalyptus leaves.
  • Koalas and Wombats get most of their water from the leaves they eat.
  • Koalas and Wombats are both solitary.
  • Koalas sleep up to 20 hours a day.
  • Wombats can run up to 25 mph.


We love koalas and wombats! These funny marsupials have such unique characteristics. The females’ pouches alone are super cool!


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We’re celebrating that awesome island nation that is full of amazing animals with some fun pictures!

Australia is home to deadly snakes, wild reptiles, adorable mammals and it has the largest number of marsupials on the planet! It is also home to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most diverse ecosystems in the ocean! Wow! Australia is definitely one wild place! 


Australian Crocodile

Australian Crocodile

Blue Tongue Skink

Blue Tongue Skink




























Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil






















Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef







Great Barrier Reef

Great Barrier Reef




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Farm Day at Chattahoochee Nature Center!

We received a lovely invitation to go to the Chattahoochee Nature Center recently and luck would have it that we were able to go to their Farm Day! Man, were we excited! We’d never been to the Chattahoochee Nature Center before! We arrived early in the afternoon and we weren’t alone, the center was jamming! After meeting our new friend Rebecca who invited us we went to check out the main building!

They have a lovely display all about fresh water systems! Know why? Well, the center is located on the Chattahoochee River just north of Atlanta! The Chattahoochee River and surrounding area is home to loads of amazing animals, including turtles, owls, snakes, catfish and beavers! The center has a great area where you can not only learn about some of these animals, you can see them!

One turtle was hanging on the log and one was trying to get up there!


One of favorite things in this area was the animals made of junk! Yep, they had an otter made from a dust buster & a beaver made of clothespins! FUN!

Heron made of parts!

An otter made from a hand held vac! So cute!

Beaver made out of clothespins! FUN!

As we headed outside we found an alligator snapping turtle that you can touch, don’t worry he wasn’t real. We’re adventurous, but not insane :)!

Here we are with the snapping turtle! Look the sign says you can touch!

We were excited to meet the farm animals that were at the center that day, so we waited in a line for our turn.  While we waited, one of the center’s naturalist introduced us to a red shoulder hawk!

Red Shoulder Hawk! He was sooo pretty!

These birds are native to Georgia and came to the center because someone had taken him when he was little to be a pet. Trust us when we say hawks are not pets, they belong in the wild. It is also illegal in the state of Georgia to take a native animal from the wild.

Whew, when we finally made it to the front of the line we made sure we read the rules!

Farmer Sue's rules!

The animals for Farm Day had come from The Art Barn, a working farm not too far from the center! It’s run by Farmer Sue!

Farmer Sue with a duckling!

They had ducks, chickens, giant rabbits, a goat and a sheep! We loved the giant rabbits Godiva and Butterscotch!

Here we are with Butterscotch the Bunny! HE WAS HUGE!

The black sheep was super cute too, he just kept eating grass- our favorite! We wanted to join him for a browse but it was bit crowded!

A very hungry and wooly sheep!

There was a miniature horse too, but we were unable to get a good picture of his face and we figure you guys wouldn’t like rump pictures :)!

We decided to walk around the rest of the center’s grounds. They had lemonade and arts and crafts and loads of nature trails to explore. We found this excellent hollow tree stump that you can play in!

Cool isn't it?

As we strolled around we found out that the center has a bunch of aviaries with native birds. Can you say Bald Eagles? Yep, they have two of them and man, are they beautiful. Unfortunately they were up so high that we couldn’t get a good picture; so you’ll just have to go for yourself and see them! We also spotted barn and barred owls, turkey and black vultures in the aviaries.

They also have a lovely area for a beaver. We got a great shot of him and man was he sleeeepy!

One very sleepy beaver!

Trust us, he was breathing.

The grounds of the center are so beautiful! We saw all kinds of trees and flowers in bloom! One of our favorites is the dogwood. We wonder where the dogwood got its name, it doesn’t bark! Haha!

Dogwood blossoms are so pretty

We decided to chill for a bit by the river, it was so peaceful.

We decide to take a break!

We made our way back just in time for another animal encounter! This time the naturalist brought out a Virginia Opossum (and yes you pronounce the O)!

Time to meet an Opossum!

This little one was only about 8 months old.  Did you know that the Virginia Opossum is the only marsupial in North America? They are just so cool!  You can learn more about opossums here.

We were pretty tired from all the excitement and decided to head home. We did stop by the membership booth to learn about becoming members.

Become a member!

As we left, we saw that they had fun imprints on the sidewalk just outside the front door! We liked the kingfisher one! The center’s summer camp is called Camp Kingfisher! We wonder if they let elephants and horses come?

We loved the sidewalk imprints!

There’s so much to see and do at the Chattahoochee Nature Center! It’s a great place to learn and explore. Check out their website, they have loads of fun events coming up! Bring a picnic lunch and spend the day at this special place!

Thanks for the great afternoon!

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It’s March Theme Week! Who’s excited? We sure are, because we are focusing on animals in your backyard! Do you ever just go out in your own backyard or to a local park and notice that there is actually quite a bit of wildlife? There are all kinds of fabulous creatures to see big and small. We often think of animals as being something you see on TV in Africa or South America, but nature is usually right outside our front door! So let’s spend the week exploring the natural world right outside in our own backyards! We’ll be focusing on animals in our backyard this week, but we would love for you to share animals in your backyard too! First up a marsupial that lives in North America!


   Range/Habitat: North America-Central America/ woodlands, urban,


   Diet: Omnivore: grub, eggs, fruit, carrion

   Length/Weight: 13-20”/ 4 ½-12 lbs

   Conservation Status: common

Fun Facts:

  • Virginia Opossums are the only marsupial in North America. (Marsupials are mammals that give birth to very small young. The young then develop and grow in their mother’s pouch.)
  • They are nocturnal (active at night).
  • Virginia Opossums have hairless, prehensile tails. They can hang from their tails, but for only short periods of time.
  • Virginia Opossums have opposable thumbs on their back paws.
  • They have 50 teeth, the most of any North American mammal!
  • Virginia Opossums can carry up to 13 babies in their pouches. They young leave the pouch after 70 days.
  • Their most famous trait is their ability to “play dead” when they are threatened. They lay in a coma like state and can stay that way for up to 6 hours.

Opossums get a bad rap and we admit they aren’t the cutest thing in our back yards, but they are an essential part of the urban ecosystem! Plus, they are our only marsupial and we think that’s pretty cool!

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