Feb. 27 is your day to connect with stoneflies, then feast on a communal pot of soup at the West Woods Nature Center, 9465 Kinsman Road (Rt. 87), Russell Twp from 1 – 3 p.m.
What’s a stonefly? We’re glad you asked!
“Winter stoneflies are super cool, literally!” says Naturalist Karie Wheaton, who will host. “In their tiny bodies, water can remain in its liquid form below the freezing point of water, a phenomenon called supercooling. So while the rest of their six-legged cousins have different strategies for surviving winter – migrating out of Geauga, hibernating or dying once their eggs have been laid – winter stoneflies use supercooling to survive and even mate during the coldest time of the year.”
At this Stoneflies & Stone Soup event, the group will hike off trail along a ravine stream in search of moving dark specks on top of the snow. In the event there is deep snow, snowshoes will be available on a first come, first served basis, or you may bring your own. The hike will begin at 1 p.m.
Then, after the hike, contribute a can of non-cream based soup to the pot, which will be combined with the other hikers’ soups, to warm up with a delicious “stone soup” concoction – a much-loved winter Cub Scout and Boy Scout treat!
In case there is no snow, we will still hike to the stream, and instead of looking for stoneflies on top of the snow, we will search for them in the water.
Registration is not required. Please dress for the weather don’t forget your can of non-cream based soup! The West Woods Nature Center is wheelchair/strolled accessible at 9465 Kinsman Road (Route 87) in Russell Township. Call 440-286-9516 with questions.