Nature Feature: Blue Racer
Blue racers are an endangered snake species. They were once commonly found but now only have surviving populations in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Oregon, and Washington. These snakes have a variety of habitats including open woods, meadows, marshes, and weedy lake edges.
Blue racers can be grey or blue in color with smooth scales. Their heads are usually darker than their body with a white throat, chin and belly. Adults grow to between 4 and 6 feet long. These snakes eat rodents, smaller snakes, birds, and insects. Though the snakes will bite if they are cornered or grabbed, they are not venomous. However, it is best to leave snakes and other animals alone and love them from afar! Learn about other plants and animals on the MY LAND page.
Outdoor Fun: How I Love My Land!
What do you love about nature and how do you love your land? We want to know how you take care of our natural world! Whether it is cleaning up trash, planting native plants, or volunteering for nature events we know you are great stewards for our natural world! If you are not already involved, let us know what you plan to do. Click here to learn more and how you can participate!
Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University
The Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab at Marian University is located on the Marian University’s campus. Its focus is education and helping citizens learn about sustainability. Open to school K-12 groups as well as the public, the 55-acre EcoLab offers a variety of options for engaging with nature. The space offers trails, an outdoor classroom, and a nature center.
During the summer the Nina Mason Pulliam EcoLab offers STEM camps for students and is able to host field trips any time of year. Open to the public from dawn to dusk anyone is welcome to visit the EcoLab on their own or participate in a hosted night hike or wildflower walks.
If you are looking for a nature activity to do on your own, the EcoLab suggests just exploring the natural world around you. Once you start exploring you never know what you may find before you even hit a trail. Plan your visit to the EcoLab!