September 19, 2014
The Yellow-billed Cuckoo, a difficult-to-find bird in Central PA, is a member of the Cuculidae family, which also includes roadrunners and anis. Cuckoos will sit in a tree and slowly eat hundreds of caterpillars, even hairy ones; the hairs remain in their stomachs and form pellets to be regurgitated later. They often mash them with their sturdy decurved beaks before chowing down. They are fascinating birds!
—photos by Jon Kauffman
September 17, 2014
Tickets for the Children’s Halloween Trail at the Fall Harvest Festival are now on sale for Shaver’s Creek MEMBERS! (Nonmembers: Tickets will be available starting Monday, September 22.) Tickets are $5 per person, children 3 and under are free. Call 814-863-2000 to reserve yours!
The 2014 Fall Harvest Festival falls (ha!) on Saturday, October 18, and Sunday, October 19. Visit www.ShaversCreek.org/FallHarvestFest for more info.
—photos by Brian Sedgwick and Justin Raymond, FHF 2013
September 16, 2014
Behold the fall caterpillars! Jerod Skebo identifies each of the following, as found on recent adventures:
- Spiny Oak Slug (Despite the word slug, it IS a caterpillar)
- Camouflaged Looper
- A member of the Datana group of caterpillars
- Red-washed Prominent
- American Dagger Moth
- Hickory Horned Devil
- Skiff Moth
—photos by Jerod Skebo