Check in here for trail conditions and occasional observations of plants and animals.
Mosquitoes are abundant and aggressive—dress accordingly! Trails are muddy in a few low areas, but otherwise dried out. Dragonflies are flying around. Oriole fledglings are out and about and chattering away, young crows are hopping around the trees, and many other birds and their juvenile offspring are active along the trails. I saw a new family of wild turkeys along Hussong Trail. Little woodchucks have been seen often seen feeding along the edges of the trails as well.
Spring birds are moving through. Bird club members report seeing and hearing many warbler species. Orioles and Rose-breasted Grosbeaks are busy singing and chattering up a storm!
Lots of critters chasing each other around along the trail. It is mostly dry, there were not any standing puddles on the trail.
Yellow-rumped Warblers, White-throated Sparrows and Garter Snakes are all visable now! Trails are drying out quickly, still have a few mushy areas.
In areas, the trail is squishy under the snow, and muddy. Woodchucks are out of hibernation. Today I saw 5 Bald Eagles over Hussong Marsh and a single Sandhill Crane walking through. In the fresh wet snow, I saw skunk, fox, and raccoon tracks.
Please be careful walking on the trails as the ground melts. Muddy areas and standing water in some places. Raccoon tracks all over, and birds are busy starting their spring singing!
Trail is not groomed, but the dusting of snow earlier has made the trail usable for skiing. As temps warm up there may be a few bare spots. Animal tracks everywhere!
Ski trail and snow conditions are poor. There are a few bare spots and the groomed trail is non-existent. Leaves and twigs have fallen on trail—-sticks to ski wax.
Ski trails are in very poor condition, until more snow arrives!
Pileated Woodpeckers still around, along with chickadees and nuthatches, Red-bellied and Downy Woodpeckers.
Trail conditions are poor. More snow is needed to cover bare areas.
Pileated woodpeckers (a pair) spotted on Hussong Trail.