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Naturalist Marianne Offers an Invitation to Spring

Published: 03.02.2023

You can feel the growing anticipation. Springtime is right around the corner, and Naturalist Marianne is helping us welcome it!

Wildlife Presentations

An Invitation to Spring!
Saturday, March 18 – 9am–1pm
Saturday, March 25 – 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 Naturalist Marianne 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 18 – 2pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

Join Naturalist Marianne Hudson for an educational foray into a forest in transition. No longer winter, but just the cusp of 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 Naturalist Marianne 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.

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