What is your sense of summer?
Sound of children’s laughter.
Feel of a warm breeze.
Smell of fresh cut grass.
Taste of mulberries.
Sight of Cedar Waxwings.
When I use my five senses to experience summer, I notice that they all have something in common: nature. As we celebrate the Summer Solstice this week, I am appreciating not only the beauty of summer, but the rewards of summer at a nature and conservation education center.
I can still hear the squeals of laughter and strains of Ouch, What Bit Me? from the first two weeks of Audubon Adventure Camp. Pre-school through 5th graders spent their mornings learning about nature, conservation, birds, and wildlife of all types from our education team of Allison, Chrissie, and Katie. A special start to the day was a nature sing-along with Michael, our conservation and outreach manager.
Have you noticed that the summer breezes are a little warmer than usual for June? As a lover of the sun I’m certainly not complaining, but it does make for a long, hot day for outdoor laborers. Occasionally greeted by the smell of fresh cut grass in the morning, courtesy of our Metro Parks’ partners, I often pull a few weeds (non-natives) on my way into the center, but not nearly as many as the rest of the staff, volunteers, and interns. They all contribute to transforming the park and space around the center into a Bird Friendly Community in the middle of the city. I can’t imagine what heat we will experience in July and August.
If you don’t mind the heat, one of the amazing sights of the summer is to see a flock of Cedar Waxwings take over a mulberry tree. Like me, they seem to hunt for the plumpest, most ripe berry of all! I’m not sure which I enjoy more—tasting those berries or watching the waxwings sharing the berries with one another.
We invite you to visit Grange Audubon to celebrate the Summer Solstice and explore your sense of nature all summer long.