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How Are They Not Freezing?

Published: 12.10.2020

How do the critters survive the cold of winter? Naturalist Marianne will show us. Brrrrrrrr! And coming up in January, she’ll teach us how diseases affect Russell Forest wildlife.

Wildlife Presentations

Winter’s Trials
Saturday, December 19 – 9am-2pm

Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Winter is often viewed as a time of dormancy. Although many native plants have dropped their leaves and stalled their activities, life goes on for numerous forest creatures. This month, we will focus on the features that enable Russell Forest critters to survive winter’s trials. Live animals will be on hand to demonstrate how they easily handle the scarce food and freezing temperatures of winter. 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!

Diseases and Wildlife
Saturday, January 2 – 8am-12pm
Saturday, January 23 – 8am-12pm
Naturalist Cabin at Russell Crossroads

Disease has been a popular topic for many lately! Join Russell Lands On Lake Martin Naturalist Marianne Hudson for an informative discussion about the diseases and ailments that Russell Forest wildlife are susceptible to, some of which are transmittable to us. It’s a tough world out there, and Mother Nature uses disease to limit wildlife populations. We will talk about common wildlife diseases and what risks there are to humans, including COVID viruses. Visitors will also discover how some simple yardwork tasks can help curb wildlife diseases. You will be inspired to appreciate the wild dramas being lived out all around us. Program is appropriate for all ages and features live animals. No charge—everyone is welcome!

If you have questions for Marianne, she can be contacted at 256.496.2710 or [email protected].

Guided Nature Tour

Saturday, January 23 – 1pm
Meet at Willow Point Cutoff Trailhead

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. 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.  Appropriate for warmly dressed participants ages 5-105.

REGISTRATION REQUIRED! 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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