Christmas in July

By Joe Sebastiani, Seasonal Program Team Leader

If we could send a cool breeze through your computer screen this week, we would.  Nature is adapting to the hot conditions outdoors at Ashland these days through a number of means.  For instance, I took a quick walk by a small creek yesterday and spooked up a huge number of Gray Catbirds and American Robins that were bathing and taking advantage of the cooler micro-climate.  If you see a bird in your yard on a hot day, take a look…it might be panting like a dog.  Other animals like White-tailed Deer and Red Fox become very nocturnal.  Birds like a Red-tailed Hawk might take a flight into high altitudes to cool off. 

Here are a few photos from a colder season to help you deal with the heat this week.  I will still take summertime!

Delaware Nature Society Teen Naturalists after a hike to The Pinnacle in the Pennsylvania Appalachian Mountains a few years back.


Remember the days when we had to snowshoe in order to take a hike at Ashland?


Maybe you are wishing you were freezing in we did on our trip there in March, 2009.


How about a December birding trip to the Delaware City Waterfront, complete with sideways icicles?

2 thoughts on “Christmas in July”

  1. Thanks for these “cool” facts about how animals deal with the heat.

    How do butterflies and hummingbirds deal with downpours such as we downstate got on Tuesday?

  2. Joe Sebastiani

    Kay: Thanks for your comment! Butterflies will hide under thick foliage and hang upside down with the wings folded. Hummingbirds actually take a bath in a light shower, but a very heavy shower, I believe they do what most small birds do…hide in some kind of cover and limit their exposure to an all-out downpour.

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