INVITATION: April 21 Nature Walk

For many of us, February is a time to plan for spring. It is a time to order favorite garden seeds – and a time to get spring nature walks on the calendar.

I invite anyone interested to join me on Saturday, April 21, 2018, for a spring walk in Eliza Howell Park (starting at 9:00 a.m.).

April is the beginning of the spring season for wildflowers and EHP always has a variety of beauties. Two common ones are trout lily…

20170419_143603

 

and spring beauty.

20170412_113059

 

By the third week of April, woodpeckers, including the Red-bellied Woodpecker, are drilling nesting holes.

20180114_151138

 

The land snails of Eliza Howell (I am not sure of the precise species) show up in April.

20170420_120355

 

Redbuds and a variety of other flowering trees/shrubs are abloom.

20180213_114923

 

The first butterflies appear at this time of the year, one being the Eastern Comma.

20170426_132420

 

In recent years, some of us have observed a fascinating phenomenon in one spring pond in the park. American Toads have selected it as their breeding pond, congregating here for a couple days in April. Over the following days and weeks hundreds of tadpoles develop in the shallow pond.

20170506_115750

These are some aspects of the spring life that we will be observing (and maybe taking some pictures of) on April 21. Everyone is welcome. We will meet about half way around the road loop from the Fenkell entrance.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact me: leonard.weber9@gmail.com

——

Note: All the above pictures are from Eliza Howell Park and were taken in April 2017 by the author, with the exception of the woodpecker. That photo, also from EHP in April 2017, was taken by Margaret Weber.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s