Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Maple Hill Hop 147

Maple Hill Hop

Welcome to 
The Maple Hill Hop.
This is a hop for folks who love the outdoors.
Feel free to post about anything that's going on
in your neck of the woods,
no matter the season.
(Please share only outdoor posts.)
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Is autumn making its way to you?
Our days are still scorching,
but the days are definitely getting shorter.
It'll be a welcome change.

 Last week C and I took a field trip
to the local Audubon Center in Babson Park, near Lake Wales.
I'd been wanting to visit for a while,
and with C's soaring interest in birding,
it seemed like a great place to explore.

The Ridge Audubon Center was opened in 1964
with the intention of fostering young people in the study of local wildlife.
The onsite museum allows children to learn about the many varieties of birds
which can be found in our area.
There are also two hiking trails which lend themselves to further exploration.
Along with birds, visitors can also obtain information about native plant species,
including wildflowers, and many types of wildlife, including gopher tortoises.

The Ridge Audubon Center is active from October through May,
when meetings are hosted and followed by a potluck dinner,
including a presentation on nature-related topics .
 Although we couldn't go inside,
we managed to nose around enough to see a lot of birds.

We spotted lots of feeders...

and quite a few songbirds enjoying some lunch.
We hope to get back there in October,
when the cooler weather will surely bring
even more feathered friends to town.
For more information, check out their website.

That's what's going on where we are.
What's happening outside where you are?
HOP to it!


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