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Furs of the Forest


Published: 02.01.2024

Welcome to Furrrry February, when Naturalist Marianne shows us how fur and feathers help our Russell Forest residents withstand the cold.

Wildlife Presentations

Furs of the Forest
Saturday, February 17 – 8am-1pm
Saturday, February 24 – 7am-1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

A variety of naturally warm pelt specimens from Russell Forest will be on hand in the Naturalist Cabin for you to hold, touch, and discover. Each species has its own needs, and those needs are fully met by the fur and feathers that protect and sustain animal life. For centuries, humans have looked to furs as the ultimate in warmth and comfort. Furs enable Russell Forest residents to withstand cold temperatures and soaking rains; some species even comfortably swim in frigid Lake Martin waters. A close look at the structure of furs and how their design makes all this possible will give you a new appreciation for wild coats and coverings of all types. 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!

Guided Nature Tour

Winter Forest Babies
Saturday, February 17 – 2pm
Meet at Adamson Road Trailhead

Join Russell Lands’ Naturalist Marianne for an educational foray into our winter forest. Even though it’s February, some Russell Forest residents are already having young! We will discuss the habitat needs of these animals and look for evidence of their activities. Signs of life are everywhere! This energetic hike is intended to catalyze appreciation for the nature that surrounds you.  Appropriate for warmly dressed participants ages 5–105.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED FOR THESE ACTIVITIES! There is a $10 fee for this program. Please contact our Naturalist at 256.496.2710 to inquire and to register in advance.

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.

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