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Winter nature walk in Southampton

Deer tracks in the snow to illustrate a

Deer tracks in the snow to illustrate a walk through the woods in the winter for Lauren Harrison's BLOGPOST. Credit: iStock Photo/

Winter is a great time to check out what's going on in nature.

“You do get to see more interesting things,” says Crystal Possehl, nature educator and environmental education coordinator at South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center. “You get to see where the birds have their nest. You can see how the landscape really changes as opposed to what’s happening on the trails.”

So check out all of the above this Saturday morning in Southampton at the "Big Woods Walk," lead by Possehl.

Participants can expect to look for turkey, deer or chipmunk tracks and active or hibernating insects. Possehl will be on hand to answer questions (“Why is a dead tree important?”) and organize an I-spy game with photographs of flaura and fauna discovered on a past excursion.

Be sure to dress warmly and comfortably for the one mile walk, which should take about 1.5 to 2 hours with all of the activities and discussions, Possehl says. (The walk is best suited for children ages 6 and up, so parents don’t end up carrying them!)

One perk of walking in the woods during winter is a much lower risk of getting a tick bite, she says. “They spend the winter usually in mice nests and if it’s too cold, they can’t move.”

Now you, reader, get moving!

WHAT "Big Woods Walk,” organized by the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center 
WHEN /WHERE 10 a.m. Saturday. Find out the location in Southampton when you make a reservation, which is required for attendance.
COST $7 per adult, $5 for children ages 6-12 (non-members)
INFO 631-537-9735 or

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