See me?

IMG_5442 by BarneysPhotos
IMG_5442, a photo by BarneysPhotos on Flickr.

I am here can you see me?

Grey Fox

IMG_5450 by BarneysPhotos
IMG_5450, a photo by BarneysPhotos on Flickr.

Beautiful!!

Lil bird

IMG_5412 by BarneysPhotos
IMG_5412, a photo by BarneysPhotos on Flickr.

This little guy grew up in our carport.

Congaree

DSC_0717 - Copy by BarneysPhotos
DSC_0717 – Copy, a photo by BarneysPhotos on Flickr.

Eaten by a huge alligator skull! Thanks Jim Edwards of SCDNR!

Western NC Nature Center

Otter Movie

WNCNC, a set on Flickr.

We did not even see 1/4 of the exhibits there do to the untimely but beautiful snow. We thoroughly enjoyed the reptiles and the OTTERS! We will go back in better weather to see the Red Wolf Pups.

Muscovy Duck

Muscovy Duck
IMG_4478 Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Order: Anseriformes Family: Anatidae

Sighting: Watt Lake, Charlotte NC

Activity: Sitting on the bank of the lake.

Dragon Fly

Dragon Fly
dragon flys
Phylum: Arthropoda, Class: Insecta, Order: Odonata, Family: Libellulidae

Sighting: Catawba River, Lansford Canal State Park, SC

Activity: Skimming the water for food.

Puffer Fish

Puffer Fish
Puffer Fish
PHYLUM: Chordata, CLASS: Osteichthyes, ORDER: Tetraodontiformes FAMILY: Tetraodontidae

Sighting: Discovery Place, Charlotte NC

Activity: Swimming in the saltwater tank.

Crayfish

Crayfish

Crayfish

Phylum: Crustacea, Class: Malacostrada, Order: Decopoda, Family: Cambaridae

Sighting: McDowell Park on Lake Wylie in Charlotte, NC

Activity: Hiding under a rock.

Do Animals Have Reflective Minds?

In a recent article posted on Science Daily, the University of Buffalo (U.B.) is looking at studies regarding animals and reflective minds. There has been much study and debate over this issue including the methodology of experimentation. The U.B. group is looking at the criteria and technique to alleviate the possible inferences obtained.
In 1995 Dr. David Smith studied Bottle-nosed Dolphins to determine their possible reasoning. The dolphins were put through a series of easy and difficult tasks. When the cycles of task were repeated the dolphin readily completed the easy task and hesitated before beginning the difficult ones.

Animals Ref

The photo and caption above simply state the findings of further studies. Dr. Smith has completed these studies of old world macaques and has determined that animals share more of the same cognitive abilities as humans.
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University at Buffalo (2012, March 22). Do animals have reflective minds able to self-regulate perception, reasoning, memory?. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 2, 2012, from http://www.sciencedaily.comĀ­ /releases/2012/03/120322131504.htm