Ohhh, the woods are absolutely magical right now! Here's a little bit about what the Fox Walkers have been up to over the past couple of weeks:
With their Owl Eyes, the Fox Walkers have been. . . seeing plants like Stinging Nettles, Skunk Cabbage, and itty bitty Big Leaf Maple seedlings sprouting up all over. . .noticing Indian Plum leaves getting bigger every day. . . watching Chickadees excavating a nest. . . and witnessing Trumpeter Swans and Snow Geese flying north. . .
With their Deer Ears, the Fox Walkers have been . . . listening to woodpeckers drumming on hollow logs to make big sounds. . .hearing the big, beautiful, melodic song of a little brown bird known as the Pacific Wren and the “Tsee-lee” mating call of male Black-capped Chickadees. . . and listening to stories that teach about Spring hazards such as ground-nesting Wasps and venomous spiders. . .
With their Raccoon Hands, the Fox Walkers have been . . .flipping over rotten logs to discover Salamanders, snails, and earth worms. . . gently cradling egg masses laid in the water by Northwestern Salamanders, Long-toed-Salamanders and Red-legged Frogs. . .moving around logs to build shelters and dens. . .“bopping” wood to make “furniture” for the faeries. . . and “Sword Fighting” with Sword Ferns.
^^^ Fairhaven Park Fox Walkers ^^^
With their Dog Noses, the Fox Walkers have been . . . smelling the stinky scent of Skunk Cabbage. . . the pitch in broken sticks. . .the inside of cottonwood bud sheaths that have just opened. . .and the soft fragrance of plum blossoms!
With their Caterpillar Mouths, the Fox Walkers have been . . .tasting the cucumber-like flavor of young Indian Plum leaves. . .and the earthy spinach-like flavor of Stinging Nettles. . .
With their Fox Feet, the Fox Walkers have been. . . carefully balancing on fallen logs. . . navigating hungry Mud Monsters. . .running, jumping, tip-toeing and parkour-ing. . .
And with their Whole Selves, the Fox Walkers have been. . . shape-shifting into Chickadees who busily collect “food” for their young and defend their nests from sneaky Stellar’s Jay and Cooper Hawk’s in a game called Jays and Chickadees . . . and imitating Foxes and Deer in a favorite game known as Fox Ball. . .
Hope you’re having a wonderful Spring Break . . . see you next week!