By Michelle Schmidt Inland360.com
Its time to bundle up and head outdoors before autumns reds and yellows turn to winters browns and grays. Finding a multicolor maple leaf or a chirping chickadee needs only curiosity and your five senses. An added bonus? A place to do the looking. The Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area is one of those places. The 5-acre habitat is a conservation area designed to draw wildlife. Its managed by Idaho Fish and Game. Its not a park, its a wildlife habitat area, said Dwight Kilgore, habitat area manager. Its the only place in Lewiston or Clarkston like it. The tucked-away in-town location is perfect for sensory exploration, and if youre quiet, chances are youll see rabbits, owls or other wildlife. You don't have to be in Lewiston to do this hunt. A list of other places to go can be found below.
While youre walking, look for the following fall-time items:
7. Leaves The most obvious object to find this time of year are leaves of vivid reds, yellows and everything in between. Look for various colors, leaf shapes and coloring patterns. While youre at it, take time to notice the trees whose leaves arent turning color the evergreens. Invite all your senses to the party: feel the difference between the prickly spruce and smooth-scaled cedar. Gently pick a few needles, bend or crush them and smell the difference.
Family-Friendly Fall Walks Fall-time treasures arent only found in the Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area. If youre looking for more than just a stroll around the neighborhood, head to one of these locations to explore similar items on this list:
-- Lewiston Wildlife Habitat Area is accessible by a gravel parking lot off Warner Avenue adjacent to the Idaho Department of Fish and Game Office at 3316 16th St. in Lewiston.
-- University of Idaho Arboretum at 1200 W. Palouse Drive in Moscow;
-- Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute at 1040 Rodeo Drive in Moscow;
--Kamiak Butte County Park off Highway 27, north of Pullman. Turn onto Clear Creek Road, left on Fugate Road, then left onto Kamiak Butte County Park Road;
-- Modie Park at 1035 21st Ave. in Lewiston. Schmidt can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (208)305-4578.