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Ino swims by

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Here's our male pygmy hippo, Inocencio, swimming by the Hippo Theater window. FYI the last few pics were originally posted on instagram. If you're interested, I'm @urbpan there too.

Dinosaurs at Drumlin

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When I was scouting out Drumlin Farm on Sunday morning, checking for mushroom hot spots, I came across this troop of giant birds. They were not very afraid of me. I held still, two of them walked right by me while the others cut through the woods to avoid me.

Pocket and me

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A two headed monster.

3:00 snapshot #1788: Wednesday

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Assistant Curator at work.

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In the next room, mealworms begin to wander.

3:00 snapshot #1787: Tuesday

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The view of the FP zoo restaurant from behind the door to the dumpsters.

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Ugly cell phone photo of a striped garden caterpillar on the hospital garage door. The half inch mesh (and the 15 squares to the inch screen) nicely measures this larva out to 1.63333333333333 inches long.

3:00 snapshot #1786: Monday

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Our Hyenas went out on exhibit for the first time!

Sunday night

Sunday was a busy day: the mushroom walk in the morning, and a zoo event in the night. The zoo event was Moth Ball, a fundraiser for our AAZK chapter. This year, like many others, it was a costume party. Since I spent the evening running around organizing stuff, I have very few photos. I was dressed as a female Starfleet officer. I promise to share a photo of that as soon as someone shares one with me.

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The big entertainment for the night was a show from Puppetmaster Jake!

The mushrooms, well some of them.

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We saw lots of mushrooms but I only brought home three photos. This one's scaly yellowish tops (not pictured), crowded brown gills, and habitat (growing from a dead hardwood) suggest Gymnopilus sp., but the lack of a distinct ring on the stem says otherwise. File as unknown.

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Colors look like Ganoderma lucidum complex, but matte finish texture is all wrong. File as unknown polypore.

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Coral mushrooms need microscopy to positively identify. Color, habitat (growing from deadwood), and degree of branching strongly suggest Artomyces pyxidatus.

We found a group of blewits, too--but instead of the expected purple they were a faintly pink buff color. All other field markings including odor and spore print fit perfectly.

3:00 snapshot #1785: Sunday

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Here's my four person mushroom class from this past weekend! I was surprised to have such a small group since this time of year is great for mushrooming, but small groups like this get to learn more. I like actually knowing their names and what their interested in, and staying together in one group rather than spread out so I have to repeat myself to the stragglers. Good, interested group!


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