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A female coyote (perhaps a relative of Wile E Coyote) is caught in the act of stalking three sandhill cranes near the Users Center in the Village. Photo: Steve Carrigan, nature, wildlife, animal, coyote, mammal, bird, sandhill crane, landscape

A female coyote (perhaps a relative of Wile E Coyote) is caught in the act of stalking three sandhill cranes near the Users Center in the Village.

This was the second snapping turtle the photographer found in as many days that needed relocation. (The other was at playgroup, which gave the kids an opportunity to see some wildlife up close, but not too close!) Photo: Eric Pirtle, nature, wildlife, animal, turtle, snapping turtle, building, Wilson Hall, landscape

This was the second snapping turtle the photographer found in as many days that needed relocation. (The other was at playgroup, which gave the kids an opportunity to see some wildlife up close, but not too close!)

This snake was seen in the middle of Main Ring Road, so the photographer and his friend gently coaxed it to the side. Photo: Tony Busch, nature, wildlife, animal, reptile, snake

his snake was seen in the middle of Main Ring Road, so the photographer and his friend gently coaxed it to the side.

This spiny softshell turtle, apalone spinifera, was found walking the bike path. These turtles are known to hang out at Bulrush pond near the Feynman Computing Center, so it may have wandered a bit toward IARC. Or if it's female, perhaps she's looking for some soft ground to lay eggs. Too bad it didn't know about the rule to stay to the right to allow faster traffic to pass. Photo: Michael Geelhoed, nature, wildlife, animal, turtle, reptile, spiny softshell turtle

This spiny softshell turtle, apalone spinifera, was found walking the bike path. These turtles are known to hang out at Bulrush pond near the Feynman Computing Center, so it may have wandered a bit toward IARC. Or if it’s female, perhaps she’s looking for some soft ground to lay eggs. Too bad it didn’t know about the rule to stay to the right to allow faster traffic to pass.

Two mating hawks crashed to the ground. One's talons are embedded in the other's leg. After a period of time the separated and flew off. Photo: Steve Carrigan, wildlife, nature, animal, bird, hawk

Two mating hawks crashed to the ground. One’s talons are embedded in the other’s leg. After a period of time the separated and flew off.

(1/2) Recently, this ruby-crowned kinglet was sitting outside looking stunned. Photo: Leticia Shaddix, nature, wildlife, animal, bird, ruby-crowned kinglet

Recently, this ruby-crowned kinglet was sitting outside looking stunned. It let the photographer pick it up. She used some napkins to gently place it on a chair away from harm.