For many New Englanders, the beginning of springtime comes as a welcome relief. This past winter has been especially challenging and, to me at least, the beginning of spring this year feels even more needed than usual.
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This Forest Exploration shed light on the many benefits of the snowpack (layered snow buildup) from temperature regulation to protection from predators.
In addition to the usual emphasis on ecology, this January’s Forest Exploration introduced an additional focus: geology.
Many of our discussions led to reading the forest floor, musing about it, as well as understanding the implications of what we were seeing onto the Fells habitat and its inhabitants. Each Forest exploration walk brings its load of wonders and this December Fell exploration wasn’t any different.
Last month, conditions were too parched to support much fungi life, but this Saturday we spotted pale False Deathcaps, Amber Jelly fungus…
During this month’s Forest Exploration, our group spotted painted turtles basking in the sun, appreciated the lingering goldenrods, and learned more about red oaks.
Much of the Fell’s flora has passed its summer prime but evergreen wintergreens still adorn the forest floor.