Nature Walks – February 2016

“So come, get ready.  Don’t delay!  We’re on a nature trail today.” ~Maurice Pledger, from In the Forest February was up and down as far as weather went this year – we had 50-degree days, a day of freezing rain … Continue reading

Nature Walks – February 2015

“So come, get ready. Don’t delay! We’re on a nature trail today.”

~Maurice Pledger, from In The Forest

February has been bitter cold here in upstate New York, as such, we have gotten outside about only once a week, when the temperatures reach about freezing rather than zero. We also got A LOT of snow this month, one day we were even caught in a mini-blizzard while we were having dinner with my dad and had to camp out at his house for a few hours past the kids bedtime. With so much snow, it’s about impossible to hike down the trail in the woods, but we’ve been out in the yard to play.

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Yesterday, I dug out this cool snow fort, Elizabeth wants me to dig further, but I’m pretty proud of my effort as it is.

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When we got the first of the snow this month, we went out to play and shovel, and Elizabeth caught not only one, but two perfectly formed snowflakes! (FYI: The picture only shows one flake.)

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The freshly fallen snow was beautiful on the trees, and one morning Elizabeth commented to me on how pretty it was. It makes me happy that she appreciates those kind of things.

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The day that we went to the Rockwell Museum, as we were nearing home, we spotted this flock of 40-50 wild turkeys. Apparently, the NYS DEC is looking for accounts of flocks of above 15 individuals, so I’ve gotta give them a call to tell about our spotting. The turkeys are reportedly in decline due to pollution and disease, and scientists may want to come and study our local inhabitants.