Just south of Alpena, I walked through Squaw Bay. That's where I saw these freshwater snails thriving.
Many Freshwater Snails
Amphibians are vulnerable to toxins, so I was always glad to see leopard frogs. They are a reliable indicator species that the water in the area is healthy.
I saw many deer in the Northern Michigan woods. Often a spotted fawn trailed a watchful doe.
This baby groundhog was more curious than afraid of me.
This snake was sleeping on the lakeshore near Cross Village, but it coiled into a defensive position when I approached. Thanks to my Facebook friends for helping to identify it as a Northern Water Snake!
Northern Water Snake