Changing Leaves

This week’s blog was written by Audrey M., a Gobblers alumni. Audrey loves wildlife and would like to make their passion for the outdoors into a career one day! WLA has been a great opportunity for furthering their portfolio. The program has taught them more creative ways to teach others and help the environment. Audrey has started to incorporate wildlife into their art, which brings another part of their personality to their work.

With the shorter and cooler days you’ve probably noticed something different about our forests. They’re changing, as the signs that winter is nearing present themselves the trees react. They draw the sugars from their leaves into their trunk, and in the process the leaves change to the reds and gold we see fall every autumn.

Colors in the yard
Sunset grazing
Raccoon tracks

The wildlife also notice autumn’s presence. Bears, opossums, skunks, and squirrels all prepare fat reserves or food caches to survive sleeping through the winter. Some animals like geese and hummingbirds are flying south to avoid the cold. Not every animal avoids winter, deer, and barred owls are two examples of animals that prepare to stay and continue normal activity. They will grow insulating fur or feathers to stay warm.

The photos used in this blog belong to the author.