This winter has brought an onslaught of snow to the Ottawa Valley. Although not a terribly cold winter the large amounts of snow have surely had it’s toll on the wildlife in our area. In attempt to provide some relief to the animals travelling through all of this snow, I like to take every opportunity possible to make trails through the forest. This could mean simply be driving the atv through the bush or strapping on the snowshoes and packing some trails in the harder to access areas.
This is an ideal winter activity and hobby that gets me outside and into the fresh air. While I am outdoors I am always fortunate enough to witness and experience so many gorgeous spectacles of nature. This winter I have had experiences with deer, turkey, owls and even a fox while out snowshoeing. I love to experience the terrain of the untouched winter wonderland that is in our backyard and I have so much appreciation for the sights and scenery that I am able to witness.
While I am out on my strolls through the wilderness I use the opportunities to check any game cameras that I have set up. I prefer to keep my trail cameras active all year round, so being able to regularly check in on them and ensure that all are working properly allows for many more “keeper” pictures.
These activities help to pass the winter months by and although they are not a cure for the winter blues it is definitely a distraction that gets me outdoors and interacting with nature.