I'm teaching two Landscape Restoration classes on Fridays this term, first for 10 graduate-level landscape architecture students, and then for 27 undergraduate landscape architecture and horticulture students. I escorted the two classes on a field trip at my preserve last Friday (February 27).
The trails in the preserve were (and still are) very icy. Three of the graduate students slipped; none of the undergrads did, perhaps because by the time the undergrads showed up the sun had warmed the snow and ice a bit.
It was in the mid-teens F when we started out in the morning, but it was sunny and not too windy. I had considered postponing the trip, but then decided to proceed as planned. If I had postponed, who knows what the weather would have been like on the next scheduled date.
The last two weeks of February were the two coldest weeks ever recorded in Philadelphia - not just for February, but for any two-week period since records have been kept (1841). February 2015 was also the fifth coldest February on record.
|My Stewardship Assistant, Chris, explaining how he manages our native prairie|
|Yours truly in the midst of our oldest reforestation project (25 years this year)|
|The undergrads examining a lesion caused by the chestnut blight fungus on one of our American chestnut trees|