Observations from Friday: Plants are growing

Ramps (wild leeks) grow before the trees get their leaves, and the sun still hits the forest floor.
Ramps (wild leeks) grow before the trees get their leaves, and the sun still hits the forest floor.

Kathryn goes out weekly to check the cabins, make sure that they are in good shape, and sometimes comes back to the Visitor Center with some goodies that campers have left behind. This week, the forest was ripe with new vegetation. Below are Kathryn’s observations from her hike:

Spring ephemerals are coming!

Violets dotting the ground.
Violets dotting the ground.

 

On my walk to check cabins today I saw what my mother-in-law always called Mayflowers (Wood Anemone) in a variety of colors, along Schenck Road, the Lourie Trail, and the beginning of McCormick Trail from Clark’s Clearing.  Ramps, ramps, ramps are all over the woods.  Trout lily leaves have emerged but no blossoms yet, although there are a few dog-toothed violets here and there with the promise of many more.  Along the Lourie Trail, I saw the feathery greenery of Squirrel Corn and Dutchman’s Breeches.  Along the Nenorod Trail I saw Trillium emerging but not the Jack-in-the-Pulpit that I know grow there.  Soon, I am sure.

Out at Beebe Pond there isn’t much life in the water yet, but I did observe lots of egg masses.  I heard a warbler singing in the shrubbery but didn’t see it and couldn’t identify it just by the call.  I did hear a Pileated Woodpecker and the call of a Barred Owl.

So much beautiful life out there!

…Oh, and I also flushed a grouse.

– Kathryn