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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

October 13, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

With a 360 degree view, the Eastern Box Turtle exhibit is possibly the most immersive animal exhibit at Irvine. Three turtles call the exhibit home and can be found wondering around the edge, hiding under logs, or taking a bath in the pond. These three female Box Turtles have been at Irvine for well over… Read more »

Bye Bye Butterfly!

September 20, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

Bye Bye Butterfly! With fall quickly approaching, the butterflies are getting ready to bear the winter and Irvine’s butterfly house is following suit. Irvine’s first year of running a completely catch and release butterfly house was a huge success! Visitors could see totally native butterflies drinking nectar from native plants, see caterpillars munching away on… Read more »

Who’s Awake?

July 10, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

Looking carefully into the last mew of the aviary, you may be able to get a glimpse of our newest animal ambassador – a Great Horned Owl! Our Great Horned Owl has finally arrived and has been settling in nicely! This owl has quite the backstory. As a chick, a predator raided the nest, but luckily,… Read more »

Bob – White!

May 10, 2017 - Animal House

A small and elusive bird, the Bobwhite Quail still makes itself heard! Bobwhite Quail are one of Maryland’s most important upland game birds. While smaller than the more popular Turkey, Bobwhites are still high on the list of an important species in wildlife-dependent recreation.     Bobwhites so get their name due to the high… Read more »

A Chorus of a Million Songs

April 10, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

It seems as spring has officially sprung! As you venture further into Irvine’s property, past the Vista Loop Trail, your ears will start to pick up on the faint sound of sleigh bells. Sleigh bells? That can’t be right! What you are actually hearing are thousands of tiny frogs! Spring Peepers are one of the… Read more »

What Does The Fox Say?

February 10, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

Love is in the air!   With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, the stores are filled with chocolates, roses, and hearts that people are purchasing in order to woo potential mates. Though humans aren’t the only animals out looking for love during this time of year. If you happen to hear a woman screaming in the woods behind… Read more »

Slithering Serpents – Irvine’s Newest Animal Ambassadors

January 10, 2017 - Animal House, Latest

Come visit our newest Animal Ambassadors – The Eastern King Snake and the Eastern Garter Snake! For the past few months two exhibits at Irvine have been empty, but the “No One Is Home” signs have been removed and are now inhabited by some very special snakes! Our new Eastern King Snake was donated to… Read more »