Often animals are not seen along the trail, but can you find signs that they were here?
Look for tracks, scat (poop!), nests, hair, and feathers to determine what creatures live in the EHS O.W.L.S. area. Winter is a great time to look for nests—there are no leaves on the trees so the homes are easy to see.
Even though some of their owners have migrated away or are using other places to spend the winter, you can still identify whose nest is whose. A wren’s nest is small, and is made up of sticks, grass and mud. They are about the size of a small bowl. Robins’ nests are slightly larger and are mostly made of very neatly weaved sticks. Most of the unused nests end up on the ground after strong gusts of Kansas wind to then be reused as forage material for ground animal nests. So don’t be disappointed if you don’t see any.
Proceed south around the pond (counter clockwise) to locate trail marker # 13.