Mountain Island Lake is home to a diverse array of wildlife, from fish to water mammals like beaver and otters and musk rats. There are many birds of prey and songbirds, great blue heron, and a variety of turtles and snakes. Wild flowers are abundant.
Ospreys have a reversible outer toe that they can turn so that they can carry their prey “torpedo” style – head first — to reduce wind resistance. With the reversible toe they can go from three toes in front and one in back to two toes in front and two toes in back. This is called zygodactyl. (What a great Scrabble word!)