There's nothing like a change of scenery to perk up the senses in the heart of winter. For me, that usually means a trip to Lake Erie.
We took our young scientist with us to Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday for the auto tour. We saw about 1,000 Tundra and/or Trumpeter Swans (it is hard to tell the difference from a distance), as well as Bald Eagles, Canada Geese, other ducks and also deer.
6 years-old Ava is a bird lover and often visits Scioto Audubon Metro Park in Columbus with her parents. Notice that she came prepared with binoculars.
Her first visit to a Lake Erie shore was a cold one..only about 25f. The waves were frozen, giving a sense of motion to an otherwise desolate location. Because of the wicked wind, we were only on the beach for a few minutes, just enough for Ava to collect a few shells.
Monday was warmer, and driving home through Ohio's countryside showed more signs of life....different types of birds in flight as they begin the Spring migration season.
However, the MOST wildlife was found inside. We took a side trip to Cabela's outfitters in Dundee, Michigan, which has the most amazing displays of wildlife from several continents. With an aquarium and a "river" stocked with fish that runs through the store, Ava and I had plenty to see and do while Jim shopped.