Saturday, December 9, 2017

Tyke Hike #47 - Hartland

The first morning of substantial snowfall is always a great morning to stay at home and enjoy the majesty of winter in your own backyard. For my family, it also means heading out to the trail to celebrate our first snow hike of the season. Apparently, the other families opted for their own backyard. :) Either way, three hikers enjoyed a short but sweet stroll along the Hartland Segment of the Ice Age Trail.

But only after clearing the snow off of a slide.

Or every slide.

Now that Embry is more of a hiking expert, she prefers going off trail and exploring. She still does enjoy "bopping" any blaze she sees.

In our excursions off trail, we found a very photogenic tree. so fellow volunteer, Kevin, Embry, and I took turns showing off our teeth.

Embry continuing leading us off trail along serene  scenes along the Bark River

While the hike was a bit shorter in distance and duration than usual, it was an excellent start to one of my favorite times of the year to hike.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Timberwolf Trail - Week 14 - 2017-18 Edition

After quite an above average fall season so far, it was refreshingly winter-like today. We had an array of activities today. Starting off with a reading of In the Snow: Who's Been Here? by Lindsay Barrett George, we prepared for the chillier temperatures buy discussing how we would continue to help our animal friends during the long, cold winter season.

The class split in half. One half worked on making seed feeder with toilet paper rolls and the other half investigated a variety of field guides.

After flip-flopping groups, we reviewed a variety of frail camera pictures and connected them to a  beginning study of mammals by watching a short video about forest mammals.

Then it was time to head outside to place our feeders and enjoy some natural play. We also practiced snowshoeing with hopes that the flakes would be flying soon.

In the afternoon, we read the book Wild Tracks, by Jim Arnosky before having a special guest from Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources (and her adorable 12 month old daughter) lead us in a session on track identification.

We then hiked out to our outdoor classroom and looked at spots where we will hopefully see some of these tracks much more clearly when the snow starts to fall.

It is always fun to work with someone new and have the experience nature kindergarten in all of its glory.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Timberwolf Trail - Trail Camera Captures- November 2017 Edition

The discarded pumpkins and jack o' lanterns we placed on our land certainly drew a crowd, even though they weren't really that close to the trail camera. Lots of animals getting ready for the harsh winter ahead of us.

Hi Buck!


Deer hide and seek

Double deer rear


Peter Cottontail

Corner squirrel

Double bird and squirrel

Squirrel and cardinal

Mink. . . maybe

Bye Buck!