Nature Feature: Tufted Titmouse
The tufted titmouse is a small North American songbird and is distinguished by a gray crest on top of the head. Their bodies are gray on top and a white face and belly. Their songs are similar to whistles but they make a variety of sounds with similar tones.
They prefer to live in deciduous woods but also will make their homes in gardens, parks, and shrub areas. They live year round in the Great Lakes, Great Plains, and near the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
Tufted titmouse is a foraging bird that usually finds food on tree branches but will also go to the ground on the hunt for insects. They have a special taste for caterpillars, but will also eat seeds, nuts, and berries.
Learn about other plants and animals on the MY LAND page.
Outdoor Fun: Why I Love This Wild Animal
Indiana is home to many amazing and interesting wild animals. Which wild animal just fascinates you? Follow a prompt from Indiana Poet Laureate Shari Wagner to let us know which animal you love! Selected poets may win a visit from the Indiana Poet Laureate to their school or group! Poems are due by January 27, 2017. Learn more about the Why I Love This Wild Animal contest.
Nature Center Feature: Dobbs Park Nature Center
John G. Dobbs Memorial Grove was donated to the City of Terre Haute in 1944, by Effie Dobbs in memory of her father. The park’s 105 acres, at that time was a field, except for a 14-acre old growth forest. 60,000 trees were planted on the property in just one year. Diverse habitat is now found at the park ranging from old-growth to second growth and wetland to a fishing pond.
The Nature Center focuses on the native flora and fauna of the region, with displays, both live and static. There is a Native American Museum next door that compliments the nature center. Programs are offered to groups and there are general public programs on most Saturdays at one of the facilities.
The nature center is open year round and is a place that should be visited in every season. Spring, summer and fall are great times to get outdoors and hike the 3 miles of trails, then come inside to cool off. Winter is the best time for bird watching at our Wildlife Viewing Area windows, where we feed the birds daily.
Dobbs Park staff loves bird watching throughout the park, since they incorporate so many different habitats. But the best watching is through the Wildlife Viewing Area windows with a cup of coffee. Bird watching is also a great activity no matter where you are – at the park or at home so get those binoculars out! Start planning your visit.