Check out the tamarack tree on your right, does it look dead to you? Surprisingly enough, tamaracks lose their needles in the winter. In the fall people think they are dying when they turn a bright yellow hue but really they are just losing their needles like deciduous trees do, the needles will return in the spring. Where there are tamarack trees around there may also be a great gray owl, they prefer to nest in tamarack trees in the spring. Many different types of mushrooms tend to be found beneath the trees in the fall. Spruce, ruffed and sharp-tailed grouse like to consume the leaves and buds, as well as many other species, so pay attention you may spot a variety of different insects, birds and fungi on or near tamarack trees.