September 13, 2012 —
The River Reporter is fortunate to be housed in a building overlooking Little Lake Erie in Narrowsburg, NY. This small body of water provides excellent habitat for a variety of wildlife, many of which we have the pleasure of observing while they live their lives as our closest neighbors.
Because the building’s owners allow the banks of the lake to remain wild, they are lush with natural growth and provide abundant resources for birds, insects and amphibians.
Lately, blooms of goldenrod and Queen Anne’s Lace have played host to countless insects. Dragonflies and damselflies whirl over the water, alighting on clumps of algal growth. Painted turtles compete for a perch atop the dead log that rises from the surface of the lake. Northern water snakes sunbathe on rocks. Birds harvest an abundance of wild grapes and other seeds and berries as the season advances toward fall. And we enjoy observing all of it.