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Lakes and ParksMon, October 23, 2017

Scientific Name:  Fulica americana Common Name(s): American Coot, Mud Hen Identification: The American coot, Fulica americanais, is commonly mistaken for a duck, although it is a migratory member of the rail family.  Coots can be easily distinguished from ducks by the wide, lobed scales on their lower legs and toes that fold back with each

Lakes and ParksTue, September 26, 2017

Scientific Name:  Gavia immer Common Name(s): Common Loon, Great Northern Diver, Great Northern Loon, Loon Identification: The common loon Gavia immer is commonly mistaken for the similar yellow-billed loon Gavia adamsii, however, they can be easily distinguished.  The common loon has a black-blue bill while the yellow-billed loon has a yellowish colored bill.  Also, the

Lakes and ParksFri, August 25, 2017

Scientific Name:               Juglans nigra Common Name(s):         Eastern Black Walnut, American Walnut Identification: Black walnut Juglans nigra is commonly mistaken for the similar butternut Juglans cinerea because they have similar leaf shapes.  Black walnut can be easily distinguished from butternut by comparing fruits.  Walnuts have round fruits, whereas butternuts are more oval-rectangular in shape

Lakes and ParksFri, July 28, 2017

Scientific Name: Najas guadalupensis, Caulinia guadalupensis Common Name(s): Southern Naiad, Bushy Pondweed, Guppy Grass, Southern Waternymph Scientific Name: Najas marina Common Name(s): Brittle Naiad Southern Naiad (left) and Brittle Naiad (right)   Identification: Southern naiad Najas guadalupensis is a rooted, native aquatic plant that is commonly mistaken for the similar sago pondweed Potamogeton pectinatus and widgeon grass

Lakes and ParksFri, June 23, 2017

Scientific Name: Copepoda; Daphnia; Volvox Common Name(s): Copepod; Water Flea; Volvox Identification: Plankton is a generalized term for microscopic or nearly microscopic plants and animals that float in a water body.  Zooplankton refers to the tiny animals, and phytoplankton refers to the tiny plants.  There are many species of plankton and every water body may

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