Surprises from Johnson’s Woods

For me I was a little surprised when we first got to Johnson’s Woods because it wasn’t necessarily what I had expected. One of the first things I noticed was that there was not very much wildlife around, except for the starlings when we first got off the bus and one grey squirrel that I saw. I was expecting to maybe see some more squirrels or even a few deer. This was surprising because I guess when I think about nature and the woods I also think about the animals that live in the environment. It also makes me wonder though if it was because it was so cold out that day and maybe if it would be different if I had visited when it was warmer.

The second thing that was surprising to me was the boardwalk path that looped around the woods. Usually when there are paths in nature areas they are just cleared paths of dirt. I think this boardwalk type path is helpful because it accessible for many different people and can help you stay on track so you don’t get lost, although the woods are not relatively big. I also was surprised by all of the fallen trees, as humans living in a city we are accustomed to as soon as a tree dies and falls down we have to clean it up to make the scenery pretty again but here the fallen trees remained. Overall I had a good time in the woods and would be interested in visiting them during either the spring or summer to see how it changes with the seasons.


3 Replies to “Surprises from Johnson’s Woods”

  1. Hi Ellison,

    I thought it was interesting the comment you made about how when you think about nature and the woods you also think about the wildlife that resides there.

    Now reflecting back on our walk through the forest, I also did not see much wildlife there. I agree with you that the coldness must have be a factor to why we don’t see much wildlife. As a result of it being cold, I believe many of the species must be hibernating for the winter, until it gets warmer outside.

  2. I would agree with you on your point of the boardwalk allowing for people of all types to access the preserve. I feel as though this shared accessibility for everyone is important for education of the general public. Especially with the mounting environmental crisis that we find ourselves in today.

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