As winter nears, the last few leaves are descending from the trees, signalling the end of autumn’s reign. Winter is coming, and we ready ourselves for days spent indoors, where we can escape the season's chill. Although it can be nice to cozy up, away from the cold, it can be even more fun to get outdoors and enjoy what the season has to offer. The next time you are bored at home, consider braving the chill to visit one of EALT’s conservation lands for a day of fun in nature.
Our natural areas offer many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and connect with nature. Love birds? Grab your binoculars for some great winter birding. See a great horned owl or pileated woodpecker in the old growth forest at Boisvert’s Greenwood's, catch a glimpse of a northern shrike at Golden Ranches, or watch a majestic bald eagle soar over the cliffs at Coates.
Sports more your thing? Head on over to Glory Hills, where there's a groomed cross-country ski trail around the frozen lake. Or bring some friends and a pair of snowshoes to any of our lands and spend the day exploring - perhaps pausing to make a snowman, or enjoy a thermos of hot chocolate with a gorgeous view. You may even find some interesting natural artifacts, such as this wasp nest.
Are you an avid photographer? Take advantage of the pristine landscape by bringing your camera along. Capture beautifully bare aspen, birch, and poplar trees, evergreens veiled in shimmering ivory, and charming wildlife prancing in the snow. You can also volunteer by offering to take some photos for use on our website or social media!
Or perhaps you’re enticed by the prospect of being a wildlife detective, tracking mammals from their footprints in the snow. This is a great way to learn some outdoor skills, and decipher what the animals are doing. Join us for our winter wildlife tracking event, or take our common tracks brochure and go on your own. Consider reporting back your findings to us so we can add to our monitoring data.
Whatever excites you, the winter season offers plenty of opportunity for getting outdoors and having fun. Our natural areas provide the perfect location for a winter wonderland adventure. And the best part: no White Walkers.
Blog by Nikki Paskar, EALT Intern