We saw, while driving in, Chris the biologist who studies woodchucks and Davida the beekeeper, two definitive signs of Spring at Gilsland Farm!
Upon arrival, the girls dispersed to their quadrants to make notes in their logs regarding the seasonal changes they could observe. Raccoon tracks were observed in the tiny patch of snow remaining adjacent to Ada and Alyssia’s plots, another sign of warmer weather.
The girls did some exploring freely down at the fallen tree and along the banks of the estuary at low tide. We found turkey tracks, mussels, and soft shelled clams out on the mudflat. Alyssia discovered a rich grey clay amongst the mud, seagulls were flying all around and the sun was shining warmly in the lee of the meadowbank.
Rosie called us together and led the group in an epic hide & seek chase game throughout the forests and fields near the West Meadow. We divided into three teams of predators and prey; the dragonflies, the tree swallows, and the red tailed hawks. At times it felt like navy seal training, yet simultaneously wicked hilarious. In the end everyone won and got in some serious exercise, which was cool.