I love it when the free programs out at the Conservancy far exceed our expectations. Like today.
Fifty two people. Ten of them little ones. For Frank Marsden’s talk and walk about finding wildlife in winter.
Frank told us everything we always wanted to know about scat, but were afraid to ask. Like determining the diet from the color, texture and “ingredients” found. Like how grey fox and red fox are different. How we never see grey fox as they sleep in trees.
We went out for a ninety minute hike, looking for signs of wildlife. We did find deer tracks.
We also found out that our former ground hog habitat, a large number of interconnected holes up in the meadow, have been abandoned by the ground hogs, and are now inhabited by fox. How do we know that? The smell of fox urine, a sure sign that fox have moved in and are marking their territory.
We had a lovely day out there, even if it was a bit windy.
The meadows are lovely this time of year, and by taking a leisurely hike, you can find many signs of the wildlife living here. Take a hike some day. There are four miles of marked trails, and with no leaves on the trees, you can see far across the ridges to neighboring towns.