He who has not Christmas in his heart . . .
. . . will never find it under a tree." - Roy L. Smith
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!
from the Friends and the WNC Nature Center!
While the Nature Center doesn’t have any Reindeer, you can come visit our White Tailed Deer – relatives of Santa’s flying herd. White Tailed Deer are smaller than their Northerly cousins, and better suited for warmer climes!
There are four White Tailed Deer at the Nature Center, all does (females). When you visit, you might notice that White Tailed Deer are experts at camouflage! As prey animals, it is imperative for a deer to be able to blend in – except for their white tail, which they raise when running to alert other deer of danger.
You might get lucky and catch them at feeding time (which can vary from early afternoon to early evening), but if you don’t, take a moment to let your eyes ‘adjust’ to the habitat. If you stand at the overlook into the deer habitat and look into the tall shrubs and grasses close to the fence, you’re likely to spy one or more of them lying in the shade. On a rainy or snowy day, be sure to check the other half of the habitat, under their shelter. They may be waiting out the weather!
The winter is a good time to come looking for the deer. They are easier to spot, especially in the snow when their brown coats stands out against the white.
So even if you don’t catch a glimpse of Santa’s team of eight tiny reindeer, come visit our white tailed deer here at the Center – any time of year!