Dr. Culwell’s Walk in the Woods

Photo credits: Melissa Graham
Saturday, March 10, twelve folks (half were kids) met in the outdoor classroom/pavilion getting ready for a walk in the woods, the winter woods. Coffee and peach cobbler got the gang in the mood for the woods. But, already on the cool day as the group hit the trail, there were a few flowers poking their heads up; the white trout lily (Erythronium albidum) was in full bloom on the north slope where it decorated the brown, leaf litter; the two leaves of each plant have their top sides colored green with white spots giving it the name trout lily. Rising up from the pair of leaves was the nodding, white flower nearly two inches long of three petals and three sepals tinged with maroon (or tepals as we call them, since the petals and sepals look much the same).

No doubt, the trout lily stole the day, even as lichens (crustose, leafy, and branched ones) stood out in white or pale greenish-blue on the tree trunks and rocks. A few animals let us know we were in their habitat; armadillo dens and uprooted soil told us we were in their home space, black vultures flew high overhead searching for a meal, and spring warblers as well as the resident, feathered folks sang out loudly announcing their presence.

Saturday, March 10: The Woods in March

Meet at Riddle Cabin at 10am on the second Saturday in March!

Come a little early for refreshments – we’ll have the big porcelain coffee pot on and peach cobbler in the Dutch oven.
For this Saturday trail walk, we’ll check out the ferns and mosses on the forest floor, taking note of the winter buds on shrubs and trees along the trail. Winter identification of trees and shrubs involves a look at bark patterns, twig growth, and bud structure. What can the March woods teach us?

Bring a lunch & stay afterwards for a look at the new outdoor classroom pavilion.

Contact: Dr. Don Culwell, Programs Director (501-358-2095)