Eagle’s Roost Area a wonderful place to hike

by Sue Hokanson, Quartz Mountain Nature Park

March 3, 2014

 March certainly has blown in like a lion. The winds have been fierce lately, especially when barreling out of the north! Brrrrrr!! March 1st is the traditional date the Quartz Mountain Grocery Store reopens for the season. Stop in and say “Hi” to Janetta & Bobby James. They have firewood, bait, tackle and most important of all: snacks!
It is March, the Quartz Mountain grocery Store is open the next big date on most kids minds (and maybe their teachers’ minds too) is Spring Break! This year most schools in Oklahoma and Texas are having Spring Break on the same week-March 17-21st. We anticipate, if the weather is nice that both weekends (before & after) Spring Break will be busy at Quartz Mountain.
Please remember, the Eagle’s Roost ATV Area is NOT open during Spring Break. The ATV season starts April 1st, until then the Eagle’s Roost Area is a wonderful place to hike. Hiking is strongly discouraged, once the ATV season starts!
Spring is less than three weeks away according to the calendar. Officially the 1st day of “Spring” is the vernal equinox. This year that will be Thursday March 20th. On the “equinox,” day and night are each approximately 12 hours long. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, that actually occurs a few days before the vernal equinox. The days will continue to lengthen until Summer Solstice (June 21st ) for us.
We, at Quartz Mountain, know its spring when the Turkey Vultures return. These huge scavengers depart each fall for warmer locations, in south Texas and northern Mexico, in which to winter. They return to Quartz Mountain each spring to breed and raise their young in huge numbers on the North Shore area. With their featherless red head, nearly no neck and less than polite table manners, these birds are something only a mother Turkey Vulture could love. However, they have one of the most beautiful eggs of all the local birds. The background is a lovely cream color, with splotches & whorls of a deep burgundy. The eggs are absolutely gorgeous!