High and Dry
Photograph by Jay Dickman
Kerry Hansknecht, a graduate student at Central Michigan University, sits on a tower at the edge of Lake Michigans Beaver Island monitoring the movements of northern water snakes. This dry flat used to be completely under water and was a good hunting ground for water snakes, which live just inside the tree line (background). Now, to get to the lake to feed on small fish, the snakes must traverse the de-watered land, where they may fall prey to hawks and other predators.