LIMA — The Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District will provide two opportunities to enjoy spring this weekend with a Good Friday Hike and a Spring Bird Walk.
Participants will have the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife with the scheduling of the back-to-back activities. The Good Friday Hike will be in the afternoon, while the Spring Bird Walk will be Saturday morning.
“Different times of the day brings different plants and different animals,” said Dan Hodges, park naturalist. “We’ll be seeing the changes that nature undertakes in the spring time. Everything is dormant for winter and now explodes with life.
“It’s the perfect time for spring wildflowers,” Hodges added. “Leaves haven’t grown yet to shade the forest floor so the flowers are going absolutely bonkers. They really just explode with color and shape and things.”
The park district will have a few sets of binoculars handy for Saturday morning’s bird watch through the Lippincott Bird Sanctuary so participants can keep an eye out for the spring migrants.
“This time of the year, the leaves are just starting to come out so the caterpillars will start to grow and eat them, and the birds from all over the south are coming up to our neck of the woods to eat those bugs,” Hodges explained.
The hikes will not be canceled unless weather conditions are “dangerous,” so Hodges said all walkers and watchers should be equipped for potentially wet ground conditions.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.