It’s Baby Animal Time

It’s baby animal time at Audubon!  And we’ve been finding many.  Last weekend, our first batch of goslings hatched during 60-80 degree weather.  Today, with temperatures back down in the 40s, they must be wondering what they were thinking hatching out this early!  Lucky for them, mom’s wings and warm body will provide protection.

Goose Family - there are six goslings!
Canada Goose Family

 

That really IS a baby turtle in Sarah's hand...

And what about those Painted Turtles?  How do they manage to stay underground all winter long, then find water once they hatch out of holes that are often rather far from the ponds?  They’ve been making a mad dash for the backyard pond over the last few days.

Baby Painted Turtle

They’re just so perfectly round when they first hatch out, aren’t they?

Two Baby Turtles

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9 thoughts on “It’s Baby Animal Time

  1. I always feel good when I see what good care the geese give their young!

    I haven’t looked real close for turtles, but I doubt if any of our reptiles are out yet. Those little painted ones are cool! Today I did visit an area sometimes called “the rattlesnake capitol of Montana” but they’re not out yet.

  2. Stimulated by your very interesting post, I learned (for the first time) that painted turtle hatchlings spend their first winter in the nest and are able to survive freezing temps with ” .. up to 50%of their body water converted to ice…” !!!

    No wonder they are able to have such a wide distribution that includes parts of Canada. When it warms up they just thaw out and they are on their way — for people like you to find them wandering about in the spring.

  3. Gosh, Jennifer, those baby turtles are so CUTE! How do you manage even to see them in the grass? I would worry about people accidentally stepping on them.

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