This week’s blog was written by Micaela J., a Bucktails alumni. Micaela is interested in pursuing a career in engineering, although she hasn’t decided what type of engineering she would like to go into yet. Last summer Micaela attended Northampton County Junior Conservation School which sparked her interest in the environment and how we impact it. That program led her to learn about the Wildlife Leadership Academy, which she soon wanted to attend because of its focus on conservation and learning about the plants and animals in our environment.

As the weather gets colder and the days get longer, it’s a sure sign that the winter season is upon us. Although some people find winter to be frigid and gloomy, those same characteristics are part of what makes the season winter. Longer nights, overcast skies, freezing rain, sleet, and snow. The fallen leaves that cover the ground grow cold and crisp as they develop coats of frost and ice. When I go for a walk or hike in the woods outside, I often come across a fallen leaf, and it creates an urge to step on the leave, creating the crisp crunch beneath my foot. I find comfort in that sound. A pleasure that comes with the changing of the seasons and anticipation of things to come.

Dusk in the woods
Jack Frost comes to visit
A walk in the woods

The cold air blows over our ridge, surrounds our woods, covering the landscape with a frozen blanket of frost and ice. The wind whisps through the trees, as if racing Jack Frost. As the wind brushes against the bark and limbs of the trees, you can hear them creaking and moaning as they sway. With the colder weather comes a change in the fauna around the PA area. This is specifically noticeable with birds. During this migration season, there are many birds that migrate, some of these birds include bluebirds, orioles, warblers, sparrows, and tanagers. Our feeders are now filled with cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice, sapsuckers, and woodpeckers. Winter brings a fresh, cool change that renews the environment for the thaw of Spring. I find hope and beauty in winter and I wish that for you as well.

The photos used in this blog belong to the author.