Fox Walkers | Weeks 24 + 25 | Spring Hazards Awareness, Frog & Salamander Eggs!

Fox Walkers | Weeks 24 + 25 | Spring Hazards Awareness, Frog & Salamander Eggs!

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. . .

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Hawthorn Ketchup?! Yes, it's a thing.

Hawthorn Ketchup?!  Yes, it's a thing.

Just over a year ago, Patrick and I ventured to the magical place known as Ireland on an group ethnobotanical exploration of the land where some of our ancestors are from.  We immersed ourselves in Irish basketry, learned how to weave a crios band, wandered one of the few old growth forests remaining, and ate traditional Irish food.  Lots and lots and lots of traditional Irish food.  Our guide, ethnobotanist Heidi Bohan, spoiled us with some of the tastiest home-cooked soups and breads and potato dishes ever.  She really wanted us to experience the warm hearty food culture of Ireland!

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Fire Keepers | Week 13 | Fire Challenge & Cattail Adventures

Fire Keepers | Week 13 | Fire Challenge & Cattail Adventures

Knee-deep in a Cattail swamp is where we found ourselves at the end of the day at Fire Keepers last Wednesday, though our morning started out a bit differently!  Nature magic was in the air that morning as we quietly observed two Hairy woodpeckers pecking at a Cedar tree, a young raccoon lope right passed us, and a visit from two first-year bucks!


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