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Wildlife Accessories And An Invitation To Spring

Published: 02.25.2021

One simply must be well accessorized, and this weekend, Naturalist Marianne shows us how the wildlife around us do it. Plus, in March, she’ll teach us how to prepare our yards for spring birds and wildlife.

Wildlife Presentations

Wildlife Accessories—Fur, Feathers, and Fashion!
Saturday, February 27 – 7am-1pm

Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

This month, we’ll discuss what wildlife is wearing these days. Thick fur to protect against the elements, fancy feathers used to attract mates, and antlers used to intimidate rivals: Russell Forest wildlife has got it all. We will examine the features that wildlife uses to meet (and sometimes exceed) its needs and also discuss the ways that humans take advantage of these accessories for our own use. Presentation is hands-on and features lots to touch, hold, and study. Appropriate for all ages—stop by and learn! Come anytime between the hours listed. No charge—everyone is welcome!

*A forest critter will accompany Naturalist Marianne at the start of Russell Forest Run events on February 27.

An Invitation to Spring
Saturday March 6 – 9am-1pm
Saturday, March 13 – 9am-1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

March is the time to prepare your yard for springtime birds and other wildlife. Preparing your property for the warm season is an entirely different type of “spring cleaning,” and our Naturalist will be here to advise what to do and what not do to in order to attract or discourage your wild neighbors’ visits. Tips about cleaning and maintaining feeders and nest boxes, along with advice on creating specific mini-habitats in your yard, will have your place ready for upcoming wildlife activity. A variety of applicable feeding, housing, and habitat suggestions will have you stepping confidently into spring. Bring your questions, and your camera, because Marianne will have a wild visitor with her throughout the day. Experience is appropriate for all ages. No charge—everyone is welcome!

Guided Nature Tour

Saturday, March 13 – 2pm
Meet at Wilson Road Trailhead

Join Russell Lands Naturalist Marianne Hudson for an educational foray into a forest in transition. Not quite winter, not quite spring—we will see signs of both seasons and note the changes that usher one out and the other in. March means buds, babies, and birdsong, and we will explore the trails to find evidence that spring is creeping into our piece of paradise. This energetic hike will offer both learning and exercise. Appropriate for participants ages 5–105.

ADVANCE REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for this program. Please contact our Naturalist at 256.496.2710 to inquire and to register.

For all Guided Nature Tours: It is recommended that participants have a moderate fitness level and are able to stand or walk for at least two hours. Walking pace will be relaxed with frequent stops. Comfortable, seasonally appropriate clothing and shoes are advised. Participants may also wish to bring bottled water, sunscreen and insect repellent. Binoculars and cameras are welcome. There are no bathrooms on the Forest Trails.

 If you have questions for Marianne, contact her at 256.496.2710 or [email protected].


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