Critters Corner

Herring Pond Wampanoag Tribe is

KEEPIN IT GREEN!

Wampanoag people and other Tribes of the Eastern Woodlands were hunter-gatherers, and lived off the land and survived by collecting edible plants and hunting wild animals as their main source of food to sustain themselves. 

Mammals

Deer

Photos By Lisa Harding Tedstone – Tribal Councilor White-tailed Deer BUCK on the Herring Pond Reservation Lands. An adult male can stand and weight 100 to 250 pounds!

White-tailed Deer – This beautiful graceful Doe was roaming around on the Herring Pond Reservation Lands. A doe can weight between 70 to 150 Pounds!

Birds

The GREAT Blue Heron FEASTING on a HERRING on the HERRING RIVER!

The Heron is part of a group of birds called “waders” 

SYMBOLISM: 

EATS: This sacred water bird The Great Blue Heron will eat almost anything within striking distance of their long beak. While fish makes up a majority of their diet, these birds stalk everything from insects to small mammals and are excellent fishers.

PREYS ON IT: Crows and raccoons eat great blue heron eggs. Hawks, eagles, and raccoons occasionally prey on adults and chicks.

 

HABITAT: Live all over North America. These birds can be spotted around shorelines and in shallow marshes, either slowly wading through the water or waiting patiently for their prey. 

NESTING: These birds sometimes build their nests on the ground near a water’s edge, they nest mostly in colonies near water or trees. These colonies are called “heronries.” These nests can be higher than 100 or more feet off the ground and can range from five to 500 nests per colony.