Natural History at Murphy's Point

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~ Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) ~

If you remain watchful on a sunny day, you may encounter the occasional snake basking in a warm spot before making its way to its hibernaculum.

~ Northern Ribbon Snake (Thamnophis sauritus septentrionalis) inspects my camera lens ~

In autumn and winter, be on the look-out for the many kinds of fungi that grow on trees throughout the park. August through to October are good months during which to see mushrooms and other soft-textured fungi. However, late autumn and winter are a good time to study the woody-textured bracket fungi which are, perhaps, best appreciated when competing vegetation is sparse.

~ Unusual cylindrical form of Phellinus igniarius fungi found on
an Ironwood (Ostrya virginiana) near the portage trail between Loon Lake and Hogg Bay ~

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