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Phinizy Center for Water Sciences
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Water Research, Environmental Education, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Water Research, Environmental Education, Phinizy Swamp Nature Park

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AS BALD AS A COOT!"
This saying originated from the appearance of our American Coots (Fulica Americana) which look like that they have been “streaked or marked with white”. This is not from the typical definition meaning lack of hair but from the word “piebald”. This time of year you can especially see these striking birds in flocks here, at Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. A lot of people think they are a type of duck because they are usually found swimming with and around ducks but in fact they are a water bird from the “Rail” family. Their feet are large and not webbed. On land they resemble a chicken by the way they walk hence their nickname “Mud Hen”
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WATERFOWL WALK UPDATE! For those of you who were not able to make the Waterfowl Walk on Saturday we wanted to let you know a bit of what was seen... There were 41 species counted in all! The groups with the largest numbers seen were: 100 Snipes, 400 Ring-necked Ducks and 100 Shovelers.
Just because you couldn't make the walk doesn't mean you still can't come out and see some of these amazing Waterfowl. http://ow.ly/i/r573I http://ow.ly/i/r574x
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We found this wonderful photo of one of our #Alligators taken here at #Phinizy on the #AugustaPhotoFestival page. Great work #LeeHartley!
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And the winner of the December T-shirt give away (for posting a pic on Instagram or sending one to info@phinizycenter.org) is
Gracie McClelland, shown in the first photo!

We now start on January!

Other photos were sent in by (listed in order): Michelle Price, Jessie York, enchantedimages, annakate.k, Sietske McCoy, smallbentandugly, blessedinca, J.garvey_SC, doctorgeee, nheabheaaa, Bethkbolding, Faye Craven http://ow.ly/i/qtSch http://ow.ly/i/qtSg4 http://ow.ly/i/qtSgQ http://ow.ly/i/qtShk http://ow.ly/i/qtSi5 http://ow.ly/i/qtSjH http://ow.ly/i/qtSkv http://ow.ly/i/qtSsd http://ow.ly/i/qtSpa http://ow.ly/i/qtSlG http://ow.ly/i/qtSqh http://ow.ly/i/qtSmR http://ow.ly/i/qtSoE http://ow.ly/i/qtSnC http://ow.ly/i/qtSr9
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Jan. 21st, we will host a #WaterfowlHike starting at 9:00. Fee is $5 paid that day. Expert #Birders will guide & scopes available. http://ow.ly/i/qLbjv http://ow.ly/i/qLbkT http://ow.ly/i/qLbnR
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Just seen in the Savannah. #BaetidaeMayflies have many generations per year in water temps above 40°F. They've been seen emerging in snow!
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There is a variety of aquatic life that finds the sonde guards (A) at our continuous water quality stations attractive habitat. Here are photos of a few of them taken in December. Can you identify them? Scroll below for your answer.
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Answers: (B) Freshwater Shrimp, (C) Redbreast Sunfish, and (D) Madtom Catfish
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