17.49 | Nature Notes (Dec 3-9)

Photo of Snowy Owl
Snowy Owl | Biddeford Pool, ME | 3 Dec 2017

Highlights of the Week

Jenny and I saw a Snowy Owl hunting alertly from rooftops along Mile Stretch Road in Biddeford Pool.

At the Saco Heath, countless reddish-brown leafy clumps of Leatherleaf are ready for winter.

Our first significant snow (~6") fell on the second half of Saturday.

Wild Edible of the Week

Prior to dinner most days, I enjoyed a bitter cup of Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca) leaf tea, often mixed with leaves of Stinging Nettle and Lemon-balm (Melissa officinalis), all of which were purchased dried.

Nature Challenge of the Week (for you, the reader)

Sketch the winter form of a familiar herbaceous plant (e.g., Common Mullein, Common Burdock, Common St. John’s-wort).


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