Check in here for trail conditions and occasional observations of plants and animals.
Trails are slippery and muddy. Pileated Woodpecker is still hanging around. Boardwalks are very slippery—be careful. There is wet mud and water on top of frozen ground in some areas.
Trails are snow covered and icy in spots. A couple skiers went through, but trails are not groomed for skiing yet. Walkers may use the trails until they are groomed.
A Pileated Woodpecker was working over Hussong Marsh today! She was making quite a racket.
A lone monarch flying around and a fat toad hopping along the trail today. Mosquitoes are aggressive! Song Sparrows, Killdeer, White-throated Sparrows, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, and American Redstarts still hanging around.
Check out the changing colors of the season on the trails! Be prepared for mosquitoes, they are very plentiful!
Still a few fall migratory birds hanging around, trees are just starting to turn, lots of deer tracks in the mud. Trails are damp and there are still mosquitoes hanging around, but the walk and the view are awesome!
Fall songbird migrants are starting to move through the area. Birders reported 10 species of warblers along the trails on wednesday morning. I spotted a buck with velvet antlers along the trail and a few herons and egrets along the water’s edge. Lots of adult dragonflies are still busy catching mosquitoes and other insects.
Trails are great for walking. Be aware of wasps, there have been a couple reports of people (staff) getting stung along the trail. Juvenile Blue Jays and Crows have been making an entertaining show of making bumbling around trees after their parents. They make a lot of noise.
Trails are dry and in good condition. Look for little Garter Snakes to be out in the sunny areas. Mosquitoes are still present, but less intense.
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.