10-24-2016 Science of the Seasons - Episode 2. Effects of drought and excess precipitation on fall colors. Produced by the Northern Research Station with an appearance by the Eastern Region's Wayne National Forest.(4:51)
At this time we are past peak fall color viewing, but you will still find beautiful color throughout the Forest. Birds are now migrating south, and the deer and small creatures are moving around more as we all prepare for the approaching winter months.
The vibrant fall colors of the north woods are almost completely gone on the Ottawa. Cold temperatures, rain, and strong winds have stripped the bright color from the horizon. A few of the oak and aspen trees are hanging onto their leaves, however they are few and far between. The Tamaracks are still glowing yellow gold, adding a brilliant hue to the forest, bogs and swamps. With this comes something new to observe - diverse rock formations and land topography. And there is a short window to view them after the lush foliage is gone and before the first snow falls. Remember its hunting season around the Ottawa, so please wear orange when you are out and about on the Forest. We hope to see you out exploring!
*Mark your calendar for Oct. 29, 2016, and join the Ottawa’s Bat Week event at the Visitor Center in Watersmeet, Michigan. With support from the Ottawa Interpretive Association, the Forest will host a presentation on bats followed by a hike where volunteers will have the opportunity to help remove non-native invasive honeysuckle to help improve habitat and food for bats and other wildlife. There will also be bat-related arts and crafts. POC: Randi Brown, 906-358-4724, email@example.com.
You may still enjoy some pretty and bright leaf color even though we are past peak in the Chippewa. The tamaracks are at their beautiful golden yellow stage of autumn color! And, recent winds have caused leaves to drop filling the forest floor with color. A great way to view the beautiful colors is by paddling; check out the Turtle River Canoe Route, or plan a hike on a variety of trails to take in the color, fresh air and quiet. Either way, be sure to pick up a map at our office before you set out, and remember to wear blaze orange for safety.
Fall colors are essentially over on the Superior. There is still some color in the understory, and a few scattered leaves cling to branches. It’s still a wonderful time of year for a walk in the woods, the openness lets the warm sun shine through, and it’s easier to find grouse and other animals with fewer leaves blocking the view.
Overall, Missouri is at about 65 percent on the Fall Color spectrum. You will catch lots of yellows, reds, and oranges throughout the state. Some areas are very far along with their color change, while others are at about the halfway point.