Friday, July 14, 2017

Crab Spider

Crab Spider

Have you ever seen a spider that resembles a crab? This spider was found on our June Wetland Wander and was a fun sight to see! 

Similar to a crab, most of these spiders move sideways using their hind legs. Additionally, they have two strong front legs that are used to catch prey. Unlike other spiders, crab spiders do not spin webs to catch their prey. Instead, they use camouflage  to wait for their prey and then attack with a venomous bite! Their venom is potent enough to injure large insects but is not dangerous to humans. 

The Crab Spider on our walk was camouflaged into a wildflower waiting for its prey. They generally are good at not being seen so this was an awesome sight to see! 

Find out more about other animals and plants that inhabit our Eugene Wetlands at our next Wetland Wander in August!   

Monday, July 3, 2017

July Wetland Wander

Tuesday, July 11th
9am-11am
Hansen/See-Sil

Summer is here and the birds are singing along! Grab your binoculars and join WREN for our next Wetland Wander at Hansen/See-sill! We will be exploring the wetlands and looking for all the incredible birds that live there. This wander will be lead by Dave Bontrager, a bird specialist.

Directions: Take Royal Avenue West to the ODFW parking lot at Fern Ridge Reservoir. If you have an ODFW permit you may park in the lot, otherwise, park along Royal Avenue. The site is on the north side of the Royal, to the east of the house near the end of the road; look for the gate with BLM signage, and WREN staff.

Wetland Wanders are casual walks through the West Eugene Wetlands. The walks are FREE and open to the public. We suggest to bring water and appropriate layers. WREN will provide binoculars for anyone interested. 

For more information:
Call: 541-338-7047
Email: info@wewetlands.org