Chinchillin‘ and other animal videos

Tanglewood news July 30th 2020

We’ve been doing a weekly Wednesday noon animal program on our facebook page, then saving the videos on YouTube. Have you checked out Jamie’s take on snakes like our ball python, or enjoyed a little ramble in the grass with our hedgehog Lady Glitter Sparkles? Let us know what other animal and nature topics you’d like to learn about and we’ll tackle them!

Due to the COVID19 pandemic, we will hold our annual fundraiser remotely – as a hikeathon! By signing up for our first ever Trek for Tanglewood, you will be supporting the preservation of over 300 acres of forever wild land, and the education of over 30,000 children a year on the wonders of the natural world. The hikeathon will run Sep.17th-Oct. 1st 2020.

You can register right up until the last day, but if you register by August 20th, you’re guaranteed a Trek for Tanglewood t-shirt!  It is, somehow, almost August. Which means you only have 3 weeks to register if you want that t-shirt! 

Register online, hike anywhere for any distance, ask your family and friends to sponsor your hiking, and snap a pic while you’re at it – you can submit photos to win prizes from Ruffwear swag for your hiking puppy, trekking poles, backpacks, and more.

TRAILS ARE OPEN, so enjoy a hike! The Nature Center is also open for visitors from 9am-4pm Tuesday through Friday. Be sure to bring your mask and give other visitors space as you visit the critters.

What we’re reading and watching this week: 

  • This short (10 minute) documentary on hellbenders, a salamander that can grow up to 2 feet long, and is native to our rivers and watersheds in NY and PA. They are so particular about their rocks and streams. Please don’t stack rocks in the creeks and rivers in our region – the rocks provide shelter for native species large and small. 
  • “Trees use the fungal crosslinks like subterranean telegraph lines, sending private communications to each other by way of chemical, hormonal, and electrical messages.” Trees are talking to each other! 
  • The Atlanta Science Festival is reshaping how the South talks about STEM. (A longer article, but a good story.)

Be well and hike often.  Share your photos and nature stories with us!

Reminder! Dogs are allowed at Personius Woods, but NOT on the trails by the nature center. We are preserving ground-nesting bird habitats and appreciate your cooperation. We encourage you to hike with your dogs along the streams, fields, and forests at Personius.