Check in here for trail conditions and occasional observations of plants and animals.
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.
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.