A Few Things To Look For

Top Photo: Hermit thrush inspects sumac seeds for possible consumption.

While walking the outdoor loop through Explore the Wild and Catch the Wind, it’d be worth your while to keep an eye out for what’s around you.

Winter residents, hermit thrushes eat fruit, seeds, and invertebrates when available.

Hermit thrush eyeing sumac seeds.
Not many to choose from this late in season.

Some trees retain the seeds they produced during the growing season until well into the winter, even within the same species. Most white ash trees typically disperse their seeds in fall. Some are still heavy with seeds in February.

White ash seeds in February.
Some suggest the ash seeds look like paddles, short-handled canoe paddles.

It’s not unusual for red maple to be in full bloom during the last few weeks in February. Several maples in Catch the Wind are doing just that.

Red maple in bloom in Catch the Wind.
One of the earliest trees to flower.
Red maple blossoms.

Hazel alder is in bloom in Explore the Wild. It grows in the northwest corner of the wetlands.

Male catkins hang down below reddish female flowers.
Closer look at hazel alder’s female flowers.

And, while walking through Explore the Wild, don’t forget to stop in at the Red Wolf Enclosure, one of the rarest mammals on the planet.

Red wolves are few in number (Eno).
Visit the Red Wolf Enclosure in Explore the Wild (Ellerbe).

Enjoy your walk!

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