I've been thinking a lot about habitats lately because we have our first NiR field trip just around the corner! the Aurora School from Middlebury, Vermont will be joining us in a few weeks to explore habitats here at VINS. With this field trip in mind, I've been especially amazed as I walk around our VINS campus. We have a vernal pool, a beautiful forest, a thriving marsh, and a buzzing meadow to explore! Each of these habitats is unique in its own way.
Today, a great horned owl flying through our forest. This area makes a good habitat for the great horned owl. If we return to those basic needs of plants and animals, we can prove it. Great horned owls build nests and roost in trees. Trees provide shelter for them. These owls eat everything from mice to fish to squirrels. All animals, including the great horned owl, need water. Animals might get that water from their food, from dew, or from a water source, such as the vernal pool or Ottaquechee River. Animals also need oxygen and space to live. There is plenty of fresh air at VINS, and lots of space in the forest for animals to find prey, fly, roost, and claim territory. The forest here at VINS makes a perfect place for the great horned owl to live!
I look forward to meeting the students with the Aurora School and exploring VINS' habitats. Maybe we will be lucky enough to spot some animals in their special habitats too!