Birdsong Nature Center is largely forest, a longleaf pine forest with a mixture of hardwoods and diverse collection of shrubs, herbs and grasses below the trees. My late winter pictures conceal the great diversity of plants since the forest was largely dormant.
Current management recommends controlled burns in the winter every few years. The controlled fires open the understory, increase animal diversity and, critically, reduce the fuel for much more serious wildfires.
|burned log indicates past fire|
|Bird window at Birdsong Nature Center|
red dot is a male cardinal
|Spanish moss on a leafless tree|
And yet, here and there, a flower:
|and one vine in flower|
|down under the plants, a tiny creek|
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