Kristen and I led our Dead Tree Walk at the Nature Center from 10:00 a.m. to noon this morning. It was sunny but very cold — may have been in the single digits. Four nice people showed up — two couples. Kristen gave a power point presentation with some great photos of dead and dying trees and the birds and other animals that make good use of them. When we went out on our walk, we had some trouble with the deep snow on the steps at the beginning of the trail, but once we got up into the woods we did OK — except that my hands got incredibly cold. I need to buy myself a pair of thick, well-insulated mittens for this really cold weather.

It was a beautiful morning to be out in the snowy woods, but I was glad to get back to the hot cider Kristen had left warming in a coffee urn for us to drink when we got back to the Education Barn. I consider the walk a success. I enjoyed co-leading it with Kristin, who is a competent, knowledgeable, and thoughtful young naturalist.