Walk in Creekshead and Weatherbee Preserves Saturday 20 March 1 - 5 pm!

In these challenging times, relax and reconnect with nature at the Creekshead and Weatherbee Preserves and see what's flowering, or flying, or burrowing, or swimming...

Please be prepared for muddy trails. We'll practice good social distancing, so bring your own water, snacks, hand sanitizer, and any other supplies you want.

Start at Creekshead, northeast of Ann Arbor in Salem Township, on Curtis Road between Brookville and Five Mile Roads. Park along the west side of the road in front of the woods - the trail begins at the south corner and is marked by a sign set back in the trees.

The trail at Creekshead isn't that long, so at around 3 pm we'll continue on to Weatherbee. From M-14, take exit 10 for Ford Road Immediately turn east on Plymouth Road Take Plymouth for 2 miles, then turn south (right) onto Berry Road, turn east on Warren Road (the first intersection). The preserve is accessed through Schroeter Park 0.2 miles down the road on the south side.

We will be experimenting with livestreaming the walk, so if you can't join us in person, consider logging in to https://zoom.us/j/5944709556, and join the audio through the app or call +1 312 626 6799 Meeting ID: 594 470 9556. This is our first experiment, so we'll apologize in advance for any glitches!

Creekshead Preserve: This 27-acre preserve just 12 miles north of Ann Arbor, was donated to Legacy Land Conservancy in 1995. It holds a beautiful mature beech-maple-basswood forest and is invasive-free. Because the ecosystem here is intact, spring brings spectacular wildflower blooms including carpets of spring beauty, wood anemone, and trillium with scattered plants of the more rare, Dutchman’s breeches, squirrel corn, and the parasitic plant, beech drops.

Both Johnson and Nelson Creeks, tributaries to the Huron River, begin in this wet forest giving the preserve its name, Creekshead. The hydric soils and wet conditions make it an amphibian hot spot. Brush up on your frog calls before heading out to see the spring wildflowers and you’ll be able to hear several types of frogs calling for mates while you enjoy the blooms. The half-mile trail loop will lead you through this high-quality southern-mesic forest, past vernal pools and over the small, seasonal creek flowing through the property. Creekshead is the only publicly accessible natural area in Washtenaw County’s Salem Township. This preserve is truly a gem.

Weatherbee Woods Preserve:
The northern portion of the preserve is mainly wooded and adjoins Schroeter Park, a facility owned by Superior Township. Its high quality landscape contains significant plant diversity, including upland woodlots and a hardwood swamp. A perennial stream cuts through the steeply sloped topography.

Weatherbee Woods Preserve is operated by the Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation Commission and was purchased through the Natural Areas Preservation Program.

Ellen Weatherbee
This preserve is named for Ellen Weatherbee a local naturalist, who - along with the Superior Land Preservation Society - was instrumental in the protection of this property.

Anotado por kitkestrel kitkestrel, viernes, 20 de marzo de 2020 a las 11:37 PM


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