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Snowshoeing Adventure at Nike

My good friend and neighbor, Lois, has accompanied me on a few treks through the woods up at the Nike Site. Earlier this week, before the snowmelt, we hiked from the pickleball court parking lot, past the water tower and the cairn, and down the hill to Manchester Country Club on snowshoes. We saw a herd of deer with at least twenty deer, some beautiful views into the distance and close by, and snow fleas. And, yes, snow fleas are really a thing. You just have to look for them.

Foggy View of Cheney Mills Apartments
Hazy View of Cheney Mills Apartments
Lois on her Snowshoes
  • Manchester Country Club through the Trees
Dewdrops on the Branches
Dewdrops on an Evergreen
Dewdrops on Evergreen with Sky Background

Deer Footprints

Manchester Snow Fleas

Fun Facts About Snow Fleas

  • Snow fleas are not fleas and are harmless to humans and pets. They do not bite.
  • They eat fungi, algae, and bacteria.
  • Snow fleas are tiny, only about 1/16th of an inch.
  • They are also known as springtails.
  • Springtails don’t have wings but jump around.
  • They are active all year but more noticeable in the snow.
  • Snow fleas (Springtails) have an antifreeze protein that allows them to survive in winter.
Nameless Stream Running Parallel to 17th Fariway of Manchester Country Club
Manchester Country Club

4 thoughts on “Snowshoeing Adventure at Nike

  1. Snow Fleas! I always learn something new every day…. especially from you.
    Thanks for all you do. The photos and comments are great.

    1. Thanks, Dianne. You will probably start to see snow fleas everywhere now.

  2. Wonderful photos and commentary! Thank you!

    1. Thanks for reading.

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