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Winter Wonderland

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 12:38pm
Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland
Here in North Carolina, there are many ways for the animals that live around here to survive and thrive through chilly times. In this episode of Ask a Ranger Podcast, we interview four of our animal friends and ask them “How do you survive a Carolina winter?"  Four main ways we encountered were: moving or migrating to a warmer climate, eating the food sources available, stashing food in caches to access them throughout the winter, and sleeping through most of the winter. Click here to hear the episode: https://www.buzzsprout.com/115062/613326-winter-wonderland
 
To add to this episode we thought we would give you a short and fun biography of each of our North Carolina fauna guests from this episode.
 
Bruce the Goose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada Goose- Branta canadensis 
Favorite food- We are exclusively organic grazers of grass, grain, and berries
Favorite Hangout- Any local watering hole really
Favorite Song- Free Bird of course, I’m a Classic Rock kind of goose
Favorite Hobbies- Grazing in fields, dabbling for aquatic grub, and gabbing with the other “snowbirds” that hang out here in NC for the winter
Favorite Movie- Fly Away Home
 
Tallula the Turkey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Wild Turkey- Meleagris gallopavo 
Favorite food-Acorns, berries, snakes, crickets
Favorite Hangout-Oh, we move between Forest Edge Café, Grassland Park, and Mature Forest Disco- (so we can shake our tail-feathers)
Favorite Movie- The One that Got Away; Thanksgiving Special
Favorite Song- Let’s Turkey Trot
Describe yourself in 3 words? -Fabulous, Phenomenal, and Friendly of course!
 
Gilda the Gray Squirrel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Gray Squirrel-Sciurus carolinensis
Favorite food-Acorns, Hazlenuts, Flowers, Berries
Favorite Hangout- Tree Top Tea Room
Favorite Book-What Squirrels do When No One's Looking (by our own Ranger Nick)
Favorite Hobbies-Scampering, no, no, jumping from limb to limb…no, no, chasing my friends, wait, what was the question?
Who is your hero?- Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel, from the Rocky and Bullwinkel show of course!
 
Terrance the Turtle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eastern Box Turtle-Terrapene carolina Carolina
Favorite food-mushrooms, worms, flowers, beetles
Favorite Hangout- Oh, the bottomland forest seems to suit me just fine
Favorite Quote- “It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine” -Eeyore
Favorite Movie- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
What is your best feature?- They way I can close myself up entirely into my shell when some park ranger comes to bother me
 
 
Lastly, at the end of the podcast, we answered a question from one of our audience members, Autumn,
“What is the coolest wildlife you’ve ever seen?” Ranger Jess’s was the Daring Jumping Spider; 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ranger Crystal’s favorite wildlife was the Fox Squirrel

An inviting trail at William B. Umstead State Park
Contact:

William B. Umstead State Park

8801 Glenwood Avenue
RaleighNC 27617
Phone919-571-4170
Our Email william.umstead@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.890500
Longitude: -78.750200

Park Hours:

The gate at the Crabtree Creek entrance will open at 7am daily as part of a pilot program to allow early access to the trails system. From March 15th through December 1st, the family campground gate will remain open an additional hour after the park closes so those campers have access in and out the park during that time. 

Crabtree Creek Entrance:
November-February: 7am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 7am - 8pm
May - August: 7am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Reedy Creek Entrance:
November - February: 8:00am - 6pm
March, April, September, October: 8:00am - 8pm
May - August: 8:00am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

William B. Umstead main park gates are closed and locked promptly at posted closing time. No entry or exit is permitted after this time except for law enforcement or medical emergencies.

Park Office/Visitor Center
8am - 5pm
Closed Christmas Day

Exhibit Hall
Located in the Visitor Center
January - December, 9am - 4:30pm
Closed Christmas Day

Tent and Trailer Family Campground
Season of Operation: March 15th - December 1st