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Playing the Fiddle with a Crab

Playing the Fiddle with a Crab

We met a funny creature while looking for shells on the beach. We met the fiddler crab. And disappointling he was not playing a fiddle. They are cool either way!

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Fiddler Crab Fun Facts: 

  • These little crabs are related to ghost crabs.
  • Fiddler crabs change color, the are darker in the day and lighter at night.
  • Male fiddler crabs have one large claw.
  • They use that large claw to communicate with other crabs. They also use it for mating rituals.
  • They molt their exoskeleton when they grow. If they lose a limb, it will regrow during the molt.
  • They eat decomposing animal and plant matter.

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We love meeting new friends. These funny little crabs with their one large claw crack us up. They look like they are waving. Now if they could only really play the fiddle.

 

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Curlew!

Curlew!

We are meeting our first resident of Camp EE at the beach- the long-billed curlew. One of our favorite pastimes at beach camp is to watch shore birds run around looking for food and running away from the waves.

 

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Long-billed curlew fun facts: 

  • These carnivores use those long bills to grab crustaceans and marine invertebrates.
  • They hunt for prey in groups.
  • They run or walk on the ground often.
  • They are the largest member of the sandpiper family.
  • Males do fancy flights to attract mates. They mate in grasslands and prairies away from the shore.
  • They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.

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We love these birdies with their skinny legs and long funny beaks. We could watch them all day and we might just do that!

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Camp E&E at the Beach

Camp E&E at the Beach

We are so excited to be back at camp after our vacation. We hope everyone had a nice time during the break too. The cabins are ready just off the beach and we are unpacking for 6 more weeks of adventures. There will be crazy fish, searching for shells, sharks, crafts, poems and much more! We hope you are ready!

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Beach rules:

  • Campers can not go on to the beach after dark without counselors.
  • All lights on the beach must have a red filter as to not disturb nesting turtles.
  • Only collect sea shells that are empty.
  • All trash must be taken back to camp.
  • No feeding the seagulls.
  • Have fun exploring and ask loads of questions.

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Goodbye Lake Salamander

Goodbye Lake Salamander

Time to pack up, it’s the last day of camp! We are off next week. Beach Camp E&E starts on July 9th! As we back up our trunks, we are a little sad to say goodbye to this special place. Come sit down with us and sing the camp song with us one more time. We are excited to see you at the beach.

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On the shores of Lake Salamander, among the old live oak…

We enjoy Camp Ellie and Edmond and the frogs that croak.

We salute you Camp E & E and all your animal friends…

All our days are each a gem.

While we sit next to the campfire, telling stories of old…

We laugh and sing and watch the stars of gold.

We love you Camp E &E and all our memories of our days…

We hold Camp E & E close to our hearts and we’ll never stray!

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Not Really Made of Wood

Not Really Made of Wood

We are meeting a creature that you often find sunning themselves on branches along the shore of Lake Salamander. These reptiles are called Wood Turtles- but guess what, they aren’t made of wood- hehehe.

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Wood Turtle Fun Facts:

  • These little turtles grow up to about 8 inches long.
  • There scutes are slightly domed shaped.
  • These omnivores eat fruit, leaves, insects and worms.
  • Wood turtles thump on the ground with their feet to make earth worms come out of the ground. They then snatch up the worms.
  • They are listed as Endangered by the IUCN.
  • It is thought that their lifespan is over 60 years old.

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These neat little turtles are losing their habitats. That’s why intact and clean habitats like our lake here at camp are so important.

 

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Jeepers Creepers

Jeepers Creepers

We are meeting a little frog that calls Lake Salamander. These little frogs sing their songs at night while we’re sitting by the lake. Luckily one little peeper hopped by to talk to us about spring peeper frogs.

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Spring Peeper Fun Facts:

  • My calls usher in spring across the Eastern United States.
  • I am a member of a group of frogs known as chorus frogs.
  • I have pads on my toes that help me grip to surfaces.
  • Those pads help make me an excellent climber!
  • Like all frogs, I am a carnivore.
  • I like to winter in Florida, hahaha! Just kidding, I hide under piles of leaves and logs.
  • In the winter, I allow my body to freeze! Yep, bet you can’t do that!
  • I have a lovely X shaped pattern on my back.
  • You can hear our lovely chorus here!

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I am one shy frog and you won’t see me out during the day! But if you’re sitting outside listen for us and our lovely songs of spring!

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School’s Out

School’s Out

We are taking the next few weeks off to get ready for Camp E&E to start on June 4th. We sincerely apologize for our intermittent posts over the last month or so. Things have been a bit hectic and we are hoping life slows down as summer rolls in and after our much need vacation in the Pacific Northwest!

Get your camping gear ready and your Mud SPF 50 packed so we can enjoy an wonderful summer together at Camp E&E!

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Greenhouse frog

Greenhouse Frog!

We headed out today away from the beach and in to the forest to find a little frog who is not native to Hawaii but was introduced from Cuba. These little amphibians are not east to find, but we were lucky and discovered a few.

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Greenhouse Frog: 

  • These little frogs are only about an inch long.
  • They are carnivores. They eat ants, mites and spiders.
  • They lay their eggs in a membrane casing that the leave under logs or leaves.
  • They pass through their tadpole stage while in their eggs. When they are born they are frogs.
  • Their eyes are red.

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These little frogs are so cute! But then again, aren’t they all!

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Say Hello to Our Stinky Friend

Say Hello to Our Stinky Friend

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The Salamander Woods are home to another night time creature- the spotted skunk! You heard it here folks, not all skunks are striped- some are spotty! We’re going to learn more about them this evening as we roast marshmallows at the campfire!

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Spotted Skunk Fun Facts:

  • These skunks are not very big, only about 21 inches long with tail. They only weigh around 1 1/2 pounds!
  • They are part of the mustelid family, which include weasels, otters and badgers.
  • Spotted skunks are considered to be the most active of all the skunks.
  • They live underground or in trees.
  • These little stinkers stomp their feet before spraying a predator. They then do a handstand to get the best shot at shooting their prey with extra stinky spray.
  • They are omnivores.

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We sure are glad the family of skunks here at camp are friendly. We would hate it if one of our campers was sprayed. Luckily we have a solitary tent for those who make get it! Hahahaha!

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High Flying Craft

High Flying Crafts!

We’re heading to the craft tent for the first time this summer! Woohoo! We’re making flying squirrel magnets!

Materials:

  • pattern (at bottom)
  • scissors
  • magnets
  • tan felt
  • glue
  • brown marker

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Instructions:

  • Print and cut out pattern.
  • Draw pattern on felt and cut out.

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  • Put magnets and glue on one of the pieces.

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  • Put together the two pieces.

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  • Draw face and markings on your squirrel.

Don’t forget to hang your  squirrel! And show us your craft on Facebook, Twitter or tag us on Instagram!

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