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Dude walked right pass this big ass hawk eating a rat. He didn’t even notice it. #Hawk #DcNature

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This is one of 11 box turtles that were saved from the Costco development in NE DC. Here you can see the tiny radio transmitter that’s epoxyed onto the turtle’s carapace. DDOE Fisheries & Wildlife had been tracking these titles for four years. #terrapenecarolina #boxturtle #thisisDC #igdc #dcnature (at United States National Arboretum)

Fall-line Gravel Terrace acidic seepage swamp, also known as a Magnolia Bog. This is a globally rare plant community found only in D.C.and the surrounding counties. Most of these bogs have been destroyed by urban development. This one is protected in a National Park, but is threatened by invasive plants and changing hydrology. #thisisDC #ignature #igdc #exploredmv #dcnature #magnoliabog

From NatureServe this is NVCS classification of this plant community:  

Nyssa sylvatica - Magnolia virginiana - (Pinus rigida) / Rhododendron viscosum - Toxicodendron vernix / Smilax pseudochina Woodland

Translated Name: Blackgum - Sweetbay - (Pitch Pine) / Swamp Azalea - Poison-sumac / Bamboovine Woodland
Common Name: Fall-line Terrace Gravel Magnolia Bog
Unique Identifier: CEGL006219

Flathead catfish, native to the Mississippi River, are now being found in the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers. These guys can get much larger than the native catfish species. They, along with invasive blue catfish and snakehead, represent a significant threat native fish, crayfish, and snails that love in DC’s waters.

These are on display at the Aquatic Resources Education Center in Anacostia Park. #DDOE #AREC #igdc #DCnature #thisisDC #flatheadcatfish #invasivespecies (at Aquatic Resources Education Center)