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This series of holes (left) in a hardwood snag at Hilton Pond Center is the work of an industrious Red-bellied Woodpecker, Melanerpes carolinus, that never quite got it right. None of the cavities had bottoms to them!

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Northern Dusky Salamanders, Desmognathus fuscus, are common across uplands of the southeastern United States. Found beneath an old wooden plank at the edge of the water, it is the only salamander species identified thus far at Hilton Pond Center.

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