You just never know what you might encounter on a walk out here at Dahlem.

Every Tuesday morning, Gary leads a nature walk, usually on our property.  While his specialty is birds, the topics covered range from birds to mushrooms, flowers to amphibians.  Whatever they encounter will likely be discussed.

Well, this week Tuesday was a rather gray and grim morning.  A bit drippy, a bit cool…hey, it’s November.  But the group sallied forth and boy did they get a treat!  Gary writes:

“On the hike around Dahlem on Tuesday morning the group was treated to watching a Great Horned Owl clutching a opossum being mobbed by 20 to 30 crows. As we watched this nature event play out a Red-tail Hawk swooped in to steal the opossum. He was unsuccessful but a great try anyway. Hawk departed heading west chased by some of the crows. One never knows what is lurking around the corner in nature.

We also had a Brown Creeper near feeding stations and a good size flock of American Tree Sparrows and Dark-eyed Juncos at south end of Glacial Pond [both indicators that winter is on its way]. ”

Wow!  I sure wish I had been on that  walk!  What a great sight – nature red in tooth and claw.  And, of course, no one had a camera…ain’t it always the way!

Are you looking for a little excitement in your life?  Come on out to Dahlem – as Gary says, you never know what might be lurking just around the corner!



About Dahlem Center

The Dahlem Center is a non-profit nature center/environmental education center located on almost 300 acres just south of the city of Jackson, Michigan. The Center is one arm of the Dahlem Conservancy, which includes land conservancy and stewardship in its mission.
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