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There’s a Wintertime Bustle in the Forest


Published: 01.05.2023

We’ve just passed the solstice and are deep in winter, but there’s lots of activity in Russell Forest. This month, Naturalist Marianne will reveal it all to us.

Wildlife Presentations

Wintertime Bustle
Saturday, January 21 – Anytime from 9am-1pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Join Russell Lands Naturalist Marianne Gauldin for an informative discussion about the animals who are actually more active in the winter! There are some species that you are more likely to see in January than you would on a warm summer day. Find out why white-tailed deer, eagles, and skunks are all more visible now than they were months ago. Also find out where they are and what they’re doing when we don’t see them! This presentation will feature a live owl: these birds hatch their young during the coldest time of the year—stop by and find out WHY! You will be inspired to appreciate the wild dramas being lived out all around us. Program is appropriate for all ages. No charge—everyone is welcome!

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

Guided Nature Tour

Saturday, January 21 – 2pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

This energetic hike is the perfect way to kick-start your standard New Year’s resolutions of exercising and appreciating the nature that surrounds you! Join Naturalist Marianne for an educational foray into our winter forest. The lifestyles of some Russell Forest residents change pace in the winter, but signs of life are everywhere. Find out which denizens are dormant and which are dynamic: cold weather won’t slow us down!  We will search for signs of increasing activity while the day warms. Appropriate for warmly dressed participants ages 5–105.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! There is a $10 fee for this program. Please contact Naturalist Marianne 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 Russell Forest Trails.

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