Notes from the Wild
Cottontails conceal themselves in dense thickets of shrubs and brambles.
Winter is the best time to find evidence of mink. With snow cover, mink tracks can readily be found along streams or the verges of ponds and lakes.
Myths, legends and modern literature feature owls, a notable example being Hedwig the snowy owl, loyal companion of Harry Potter.
Skunks, in contrast to porcupines, are positively cuddly with soft, luxuriant fur, just begging to be stroked.
Do you know of a bigger tree in the Headwaters Region?
Northern flickers are boldly and beautifully marked woodpeckers that are common throughout the Headwaters.
Night Hikes – A purposeful walk along a path, playing a flashlight over leaves, branches and trunks will reveal wonders.
Katydids are seldom seen, because they camouflage so well with greenery.
Caterpillar food plants will summon egg-laying female butterflies to your yard. Then, if sharp-eyed, you may find the minute eggs. More likely you’ll find the caterpillars.
With a few exceptions, chrysalides are designed to be overlooked, to allow the wondrous alchemy of metamorphosis to proceed undisturbed.
The success of bluebird nest boxes tells us that we can help wildlife, if we care enough and have the will.