This resource was created by Joanne Vogel.
January is the perfect time for new outdoor adventures and a refreshed sense of learning and discovery of our natural world. Need some inspiration to get started?
Thanks to the PreK to Grade 2 students at Weston Elementary School in Manville, New Jersey for sending along words to describe their visions of a winter experience at Duke Farms:
- Peaceful and calm
- Green… but also snowy
- Cold and “brrrr” - so be active!
- Glistening, glimmering, and bright
- And most importantly - happy.
If you are still making the decision to go outside to explore, the winter world awaits your curiosity.
Two birds that seek out woodland habitats with sugar maple trees are the yellow-bellied sapsucker and the downy woodpecker. Though both these woodpeckers look similar, there is a difference between the two - the sapsucker drills holes into maple trees to harvest the sweet sap and then downy woodpecker goes along for the ride, taking advantage of the sapsuckers' efforts by using the predrilled holes to sip on sap. Sweet deal, no? Let's focus on the downy woodpecker and what makes it a special bird.