Check in here for trail conditions and occasional observations of plants and animals.
Trails are great (mosquitos are abundant) birds, dragonflies, and more! This buck in velvet passed by the hill on the trail east of Danz Ave.
Trails are in good condition for walking. There are a few squishy low areas, but not standing water or mud. Be prepared for mosquitoes—especially near the marsh areas. Look for the different species of dragonflies zooming all over!
Many many spring birds sighted this week on the trails! Spring flowers are finally starting to pop up ! Trails are only a little wet in spots.
This butterfly was spotted warming in the sun along the trail. Ovenbird, Black-throated Green Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak and Orioles seen.
Garter Snakes are out, spring migrants are coming in. Brown Thrasher, Brown Creepers, Eastern Towhee, Kingfisher all sighted today. Trails are squishy, but walkable.
Trails are squishy in places, but walkable. Look for standing water on the trail in the coming days. Hermit Thrushes, Fox Sparrows, and Tree Swallows are back. Staff have seen an otter swimming in the lagoon.
Trails are muddy and wet. There is ice and some snow remaining, but it is melting fast. Migratory waterfowl are starting to show up on our lagoon system. There is still ice cover on parts of the lagoon. Ring-necked Ducks, Red-breasted Mergansers, American Wigeons and more!
Trails are open for walking/hiking!
Be aware of slushy and muddy areas. There are still areas of snow and ice.
Ski trail was groomed a few days ago. Trail is in good condition, as of today. There is little debris in the trail and no icy areas yet. Fox and deer tracks are all over, birds are gearing up their voices for spring despite the temperature. Today, Red-bellied and Hairy Woodpeckers were busy on the trees along with nuthatches and chickadees.
Ski trail is in very poor condition. Groomed track is non-existent. Frozen boot tracks and deer tracks make it difficult to ski, there are sticks and debris blown off the trees covering the trail. Raccoon tracks are visible along with fox scat along the trail.