Project Quail: Egg Hunt and Fence Building
Avalon Park And Preserve Barn, Stony Brook, NY
Saturday, March 26th
On this brisk early-spring afternoon, five eagle-eyed STATE-ees
searched for praying mantis egg cases in the wild flower fields at
Avalon before the annual field mowing. At first, the task seemed
impossible, as the light brown, papery cases blend in so well with
their landscape of fall leaves and dried reeds, but our volunteers
took the mission, finding 77 egg cases in just over two hours! Each
case has the potential to hatch between 100 and 400 individual mantis, so they saved between 7,700 and 30,800 lives!
Great job, guys!