Great Outdoors: Enjoying the holiday week

I hope everyone had exactly the kind of Christmas that they wanted. Mine was quite good. My husband and I usually aren’t big on exchanging gifts with each other, but this year he went overboard. I asked for two birdfeeders. We have a big pole in the yard with four hanging hooks and over time, two of the feeders got broken (darned squirrels!) and had to be thrown out. So I asked for two replacements. He got me four new feeders, one for each of the hooks. And they all came from Wild Birds Unlimited in Hockessin, so you know that they are nice. We got them all set up and hung on Dec. 26 and once again I am enjoying the birds in my yard. Now I am definitely all set for Backyard Bird Count 2015.

On that same day, as we were outside, we noticed a few men wearing hunter safety orange in the field across from our neighborhood. We got out the binoculars and realized that they had crossbows and rifles. I realize that this is legal, but it still makes me uncomfortable to have rifles being shot within sight of my home. Just a reminder to our hunting friends to please be careful.

For now, I am going to enjoy the rest of the holiday break, spend as much time as I can outdoors and take advantage of the post-holiday sales. I think we’ve done all the southern Chester county holiday traditions — Longwood, Herr’s, etc. We’re waiting for a clear night because one of my boys got a telescope.

The holidays are such a busy time, but in just a week or two, the novelty will have worn off and you and your family might be looking for something to do. Here are some activities you might be interested in.

Winter Tree IdentificationSunday, Jan. 11, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311).

Venture to the Bucktoe Creek Preserve arboretum to learn new and interesting ways to identify common trees of Pennsylvania without the help of their leaves! $10 TLC members; $15 non-members. Visit www.tlcforscc.org, call 610-347-0347 x 104, or email education@tlcforscc.org to register!

Wildlife in Winter SeriesSunday, Jan. 25, 2015, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Location: Bucktoe Creek Preserve (432 Sharp Rd, Avondale, PA 19311).

Families & folks of all ages! Join TLC for a winter walk to learn about the many ways in which wildlife survive over the harsh winter months. Part I will focus on hibernation and other similar states that wildlife undergo. $5 TLC members; $10 non-members. Visit www.tlcforscc.org, call 610-347-0347 x 104, or email education@tlcforscc.org to register!

I wish you all a healthy and happy New Year! As always, if you wish to reach me, you can email me at LisaLightner@yahoo.com.

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.

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