A bunch of us spent a lot of time in the forest today! My Fitbit calculated 14580 steps!
Lately, we have been finding many signs of the various animals that live in our forest. Today, we found different types of scat, prints, trodden paths, and when we looked at our "feeding tree", all of our birdfeeders had been eaten! Were they eaten by birds, squirrels, or deer? We discovered deer scat below the branches, so who knows! Maybe by all three!
Today we followed the deer tracks and scat deep into the forest and we noticed deer with their white tails showing, way in the distance. We talked about how deer communicate with one another when they feel they are in danger, by raising their tails and showing the white underside.
We discovered ice everywhere and even watched some young men playing hockey on the pond. We discussed water and ice safety and how even though the ice may be hard, it may not be thick even to hold someone. The water, this time of year, is extremely cold and dangerous if we were to falll in!
Bark from a dead tree was peeling off and we noticed a capillary-like system on the underside. Now we are wondering how exactly water and nutrients move up the tree??? Are the capillaries mainly in the bark or can they be found throughout the entire tree trunk?
I wonder what tomorrow has in store for us?
Have a wonderful night!
Bonne nuit !