Search for deer, otter, turkey and coyote tracks in the mud or snow. As winter progresses, look for emerging skunk cabbage, and listen for wood frogs “quacking.” Salamanders and eels migrate on rainy nights. Moonlight brings owls’ hooting and the woodcock’s aerial courtship display.
Look for wildflowers like Marsh Marigold, Wood Anemone, Dwarf Ginseng, and Solomon’s Seal, and listen for migrant birds, including Baltimore Oriole, Veery, Scarlet Tanager, and a variety of warblers.
Large, lush Royal and Cinnamon ferns grow in damp areas of the sanctuary, while colorful butterflies and dragonflies dance around the meadow’s Joe Pye Weed, milkweed and goldenrod. In the pond, turtles bask on logs and rocks, as frogs and watersnakes hunt along the water’s edge.
Brilliant shades of red, orange and yellow color our oak, maple, and sassafras trees. Witch Hazel blooms as squirrels and chipmunks gather acorns and hickory nuts. Junco, Fox Sparrow, Sharp-shinned hawk and other winter visitors arrive.
Throughout the Year
A total of 175 different species of birds have been recorded on the Nature Center’s sanctuary, and 69 have been known to nest here, including three owl species: Great-horned, Barred and Screech. While you may be lucky enough to spot them in the wild, you can also visit our non-releasable resident birds of prey in outdoor flight enclosures.