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A windy fall hike with our nature survey volunteers

This week, I once again ventured out into the great beautiful land of ASCCA with a group of our steward volunteers for their weekly nature survey. I was amazed at the rich natural beauty around me, several times having to stop to take it all in. I made a comment that the aspen trees must be preparing for Halloween, with their striking orange leaves and black bark. This time, our group was smaller, being composed of skilled hiking lead Bev Lane, the eager and inspiring Ing-Britt Renborg, the insightful and enthusiastic Linda Blasetti and the seasoned outdoors (wo)man, Martha Clarke.

I of course had to learn the non-technical name for black knot fungus (poop on a stick) and was surprised to see purple showy fleabane in bloom among the prairie grasses. We were extremely lucky and saw a young male moose, bounding away from us when we startled it upon cresting a hill. A 'small rodent' crossed my path, luckily avoiding being stepped on. Continuing on my path, as the volunteer coordinator at the ASCCA, I will continue to be energized by the whimsy, change and strength of boundless nature.

A very happy and healthy thanks-giving to you and yours.

Anna Aldridge
Communications and Volunteer Coordinator
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area

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Canada Goose
Branta canadensis
Long black neck, and a black tail.  White cheeks, and under their tales, light brown belly, and dark brown backs.
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