Today has been a beautiful day. We finally have abundant sunshine and temps are to be out of the danger zone for frost. I put on my hand knit long sleeved pullover yesterday as it was STILL cool enough. Last night my husband and I covered up some of our more tender vegetables growing in the garden and in the hydroponic area. I smelled the blooming lilacs for what I thought would be that last time this season as we were under a frost warning. To my delight It did not frost last night. I awoke this morning to the sun coming up and the temperature was 38 degrees.
One of the volunteer activities I am involved in includes serving on my local conservation board. I am relatively new in this group and today my husband, daughter and I drove to the various locations that the conservation board manages. We saw lots of beautiful greens from the leaves on the trees, the grass that is growing to the many native plants. At one location we caught sight of a scarlet tanager. We have not seen one of those birds and they are as pretty as they sound and quite red indeed. In an attempt to best use the land we manage we need to start our plans for the next fiscal season. I wanted to be more knowledgeable about the existing facilities, locations and opportunities for each so a field trip was in order. Some areas are to continue to be in native prairie and we need to look at better control of invasive species. Other locations could benefit from improved parking and access to the bodies of water for canoeing or fishing. We enjoyed our hiking and when it was time for lunch we grabbed sub sandwiches and ate at the next location on the list. A great day was had by all. We came upon one family fishing, another out on a nature walk and some likely looking for the last morel mushrooms of the season.
When you have the chance to visit one of the parks, lakes or prairies please think about how you too can become involved to make it a better place.