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Cool Finds with Regina

Written by Regina Miller
    Tuesday, 26 May 2020
Cool Finds with Regina

Environmental Educator Regina Miller finds a lot of cool animals and plants in her backyard and nearby areas. Here are her recent cool finds. Check back here for more cool finds and check out urbanecologycenter.org/backyard for more discoveries from our staff (including a three-part video series by Regina)!

Wild Turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo)

Wild Turkeys web2Have you ever seen wild turkeys in your backyard? These big birds are native to Wisconsin and can be found in most parts of our state and even in cities. These are males or toms which we can tell by their beards (group of feathers) hanging on their chests. The females are called hens. Turkeys like to eat insects, acorns, green leaves and berries among other things.

Jack-in-the-Pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)

This native flower lives in shady woodlands and has a very interesting looking flower. The “jack” is the little part that sticks up inside and the “pulpit” is the part that “jack” sits in, like a preacher’s pulpit. This flower will make bright red-orange berries in the fall that birds and mammals like to eat.

Jack in the Pulpit web

Jack in the pulpit2 web

North American beaver (Castor canadensis)

Do you know what animal did made the tree below fall down? If you said beaver, you are correct! Beavers chew trees for several reasons. They chew to get food which is twigs, leaves and bark of trees. They chew to get building materials which are branches for lodges and dams. And they chew to keep their teeth worn down since they never stop growing!

Beaver tree web2

Photo Credit: Steve
Regina Miller

Regina Miller

Regina is an Environmental Educator at our Riverside Park branch where she teaches many students from nearby schools who partner with the Center through the Neighborhood Environmental Education Project (NEEP). She has a deep passion for sharing nature with children and especially loves being able to work with the same schools and children year after year. Regina has an undergraduate degree in secondary education and science as well as a Master’s degree in natural resources with an emphasis in environmental education. In her spare time she enjoys walking her dog, hiking, tending a freshwater aquarium and spending time with family.

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