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Monday, October 21, 2013

Camp Out at Bucktoe

Several families gathered together at the Bucktoe Creek Preserve this past Saturday for an October overnight camp out with The Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County and the Delaware Nature Society. Tents, sleeping bags and s'mores were in an unlimited supply!

During the evening walk we were lucky to hear three Eastern Screech Owls and spot at least two of them! At times throughout the night we had a few glimpses of the bright moon, however, the clouds covered up our light source for most of the night so we relied on headlamps to guide us through the dark trails. With little sight involved our hearing senses sure became heightened as wildlife sounds filled the air.

Everyone warmed up and ate delicious s'mores by the bonfire until the drops of rain began to fall, which luckily coincided with bedtime. As our group discussed in the morning, it was rather nice falling asleep to the sound of rain hitting the roof of the tents. It subsided soon after, so we woke up to beautiful dry morning with the smell of cooked oatmeal and tea by the fire.

The event concluded with a hike along the southern side of the preserve checking out the historic sites, unknown animal dens and tracks, common trees and their beautifully changing colors and then leaving off with two red tailed hawks flying overhead.

There is nothing quite as refreshing as falling asleep and waking up to the sounds and smells of the wild natural world around you.

If you are interested in attending another event at Bucktoe Creek Preserve, check the calendar page or contact education@tlcforscc.org.

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