This past spring I decided to start a new project, which I’ve chronicled on our Facebook page. On the first of the month, I pack up the dog and camera, and head out to the woods to get photos of whatever is growing at that time of the year. It was such a nice relief to get out there in the spring and see the new green popping out everywhere. I was less excited when the hike turned into a sprint to escape the hordes of mosquitos.
My original assignment for this article was to write another wildlife monitoring piece. With the weather warming up though, my mind was wandering to the greener side of things. I’ve seen some green poking through the soil, so instead I’m going to talk about a specific type of wildlife habitat, what wildlife might use it, and how to monitor.
Brrrr, I am shivering as I sit down to write this month’s blog post. Many kudos to you who have headed out in your woods these last few days. My skis and snow shoes are beckoning me, and I see some 20’s and 30’s on the horizon, so may have my chance soon. For those of you who do enjoy the beauty of your woods in the winter, this post is for you. This month, we are going to talk about tracking animals that use your woods in the winter.
This post is the third in a series about watching your trees grow over time. In our first post, we talked about how to identify trees. In the second post, we talked about measuring individual trees, including diameter, height and site index. It’s time to look at your woods as a whole, by putting all those pieces together.