December in the woods
Before we get to the recap of the year, let's look back over this past month. With as warm as it's been the past couple of days it's hard to believe it's winter!
With a hardy snow at the beginning of the month, dwindling into dreary rainy days, followed by some warmer mild days, I'm inclined to suggest August's weather predictions for the winter were correct (mild winter ahead for those who forget). But it's only just begun, let's keep that on the back burner until spring! For now, check out the slideshows below for some observations from this month, and stay tuned for a year long recap.
Bog & Force Rd
New signage at the Bog with some great informational kiosks. Cold winds and dreary skies create dramatic scenes in the Kilbuck Marsh Wildlife Area.
Snowy days in Johnson Woods show off the magnificence of the old trees.
Wooster Memorial Park Group Hike
Friends of Wooster Memorial Park put of great monthly hikes. Some are informal group hikes, others are educational, all are fun. On this hike we learned about the Eastern Hemlock trees which grow in the park and were surprised when a barred owl joined in! Never know what you'll see out in the woods. (Hikes & events can be found on the Friends of Wooster Memorial Park facebook page)
There is a new trail at Barnes Preserve leading down to the ponds in the far field!
There's lots to see in the winter - the seeds, pods, and berries left on the leafless plants and bushes bring a whole new perspective to familiar plants.
Also - check out that poison ivy "tree"!!
Sometimes in your own backyard the most amazing wildlife can be found. Keep an eye out or you might miss it!
Barred owl & Sharp shinned hawk(photo by Noah).
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Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.