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Virtually every square foot of snow covered ground is crisscrossed with tracks, hinting that wildlife is much more active in winter than one might expect. Deer tracks abound, from those of a single doe traipsing across the yard alone to deep trails showing the thoroughfare leading to the bird feeders filled with sunflower seed. This is a time of year when those feeders are frequented by not only birds but also by any other critter who can find a way to reach the seed, even if it means standing up on hind legs to reach the meal.
At those feeders, chickadees, nuthatches and finches compete for the best spots. Three distinctly different Red-headed woodpeckers make appearances, from an adult with bright red feathers covering its head, to a younger version with a brown face peeking from a red stocking cap, to the third, still sporting juvenile plumage that includes no red feathers at all. One by one, each selects a single sunflower seed, wedges it into a notch in the feeder, and cracks open the seed.
Winter at Springbrook is not all about wildlife quietly finding food in a blanket of white. There are bigger tracks here, too. Lines of boot tracks march up and down the snow covered trails, a sign left by the young explorers who breathlessly follow some of the other tracks, hoping to discover the deer. They make use of the knee deep snow and think about what it would take to survive as they construct shelters in the woods. Ice is tested for safety, holes drilled, and fishing lines dangle into the water as faces smile just thinking about fish swimming below. Owls call along moonlit trails and campfires welcome chilly hikers.
Today is a great day to go explore! Pull on an extra layer (or two), and join us on a trail at Springbrook or find a place of your own to investigate!
Be sure to check out our upcoming camp/workshop opportunities!
2473 160th Rd.
Guthrie Center, Iowa 50115
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Thank you for your interest in the Springbrook Conservation Education Center! The following resources will help you plan your stay:
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