Sunday, October 13, 2013
Beech Trees: Life and Transformation in the Forested Dunes.
The wooded park in the center of Grand Haven is not the way it used to be. I know that nothing stays the same. I used to take Girl Scouts for nature walks in these woods so they might learn to appreciate them. They took great delight in stomping on mushrooms they called earth stars. A puff of spores would escape into the air and then the leathery star shaped fungus would appear. I gave them lists of things to find such as acorns, pine needles etc.
Some of these trees attract wildlife. I have seen owls, pileated woodpeckers, warblers and other beautiful birds here and heard their haunting songs.