It has rained the past two weekends. After a rainfall the Wetlands’ crawfish get up and have a walkabout. I’m not quite sure what the reason is for these expeditions, although I believe it to be a search for new areas to colonize by the crawfish.
Since their gills need to stay wet in order to function (The gills are at the base of the walking legs) the animals can walk around in the wet grass following the rain as long as the gills remain moist.
The crawfish are always looked at with surprise and delight by passersby, many are quite large.
Crawfish can sometimes be seen in the shallow water alongside the Wetlands Overlook. Lately, many have been congregating on the south side of the Wetlands. You can see them in the water as you walk up or down the boardwalk by peeking over the south side of the railing.