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5 Things You Might Find on Your Next Forest Adventure

All around us at any given time there are millions of different, identifying living being doing all sorts of weird, fascinating things to survive and thrive. How many of these phenomena do you know?

Ready to go on a Nature scavenger hunt? Let’s go!

  1. Evidence of woodpeckers/bugs

Yum, what’s inside this tree?

Yum, what’s inside this tree?

Next time you’re walking in the woods, look carefully at the trees around you. Are there holes in the trees? Do the trees look like they have a tough exterior? How can an animal get through it?

These holes were likely made by a wood pecker looking for tasty grub. And if you could zoom into this tree, you’ll probably see evidence of bugs (fine sawdust-like stuff that’s actually bug poop or line-like holes!)

2. Fungi

Who’s the fun-guy here?!

Who’s the fun-guy here?!

Fungi looove decomposing! In fact, it’s their job to break down nutrients from fallen trees so younger trees can reuse them. It’s like your older family members helping the younger generation out. Look closely at these fun guys - they come in all different shapes and sizes! In fact, the Jellied Bird’s Nest Fungi looks like a miniature nest filled with eggs!

Teeny, tiny bird’s nest…You’ll have to get up really close to find these!

Teeny, tiny bird’s nest…You’ll have to get up really close to find these!

3. Nurse Logs

Two BFFs

Two BFFs

Speaking of helping one another out, nurse logs are another way the forest lends its neighbours a helping hand! When a tree dies it’s only halfway done its job - a nurse log provides nutrients for younger plants like this red huckleberry here.

Continuing on the topic of decomposition you might also find…

5. Evidence of Lightning

When you really look out for these, you might be surprised at how many you can find!

When you really look out for these, you might be surprised at how many you can find!

Trees are tall, which means they make natural lighting rods - the first and tallest thing that lightning might strike. Look around for these the next time you’re in a forest because there’s probably more of these than you firs think! Again decomposing trees means nutrients for the next generation…that’s almost like a free meal!

That’s it for now! Happy exploring!
Team Ripple Coast