The Greenwich Land Trust held its annual Sugar Maple Winter Walk at Duck Pond Hill Preserve Tuesday.
"Today we'll be doing a lot of activities, we'll be walking around our forrest preserve here, this is one of many forrest preserves that the Greenwich Land Trust owns, and it's a great way for people to get outside, even in the cold of winter, to see how beautiful it is out here," said Steven Conaway, Stewardship & Outreach Manager at the Greenwich Land Trust.
And more than just taking in the beauty, nature walkers learned about the plants and animals in Greenwich woodlands and how they survive the harsh winter conditions.
"The cold conditions that we've had, some animals actually benefit from that because they are heartier than others, and some really suffer in these conditions," said Conaway. "But each species has its own adaptations for surviving the winter."
According to Conaway, some of the most common species found in Greenwich woodlands are white tailed deer and a mixture of squirrel populations. And the beautiful trees found throughout the woods are perfect for maple syrup tapping. Conaway and his team set up their own station to show nature walkers how to make your very own syrup.
"It's a very simple process, all you are doing is removing water from the maple sap and the maple sap is naturally sweet," said Conaway. "The way that we collect the sap you wait for the time in the season like this when the trees are coming out of their dormancy and they've stored a lot of sugar in the sap to make it through the winter. So all those sugars are flowing through the sap and as you get warm days the sap is flowing through the trunk, you put a hole in the trunk, it is as simple as that."
Conaway then removes the sap, brings it to a heat source, and then boils the sap down until it is about 66% sugar.
The Greenwich Land Trust organizes many events to help the local residents learn about and appreciate the beautiful land that they live on. For more information visit www.GLTrust.org.