We have a new trail. We named it “Chad’s Trail” after our late dear family friend Chad Peeling who was so very helpful in developing our preserve and who created and donated the nature signage. It’s scenic, interesting, has links to the old trail system for a variety of loops, and brings our total trail length to 4 1/2 miles. You will find it easier to navigate by starting at the far left corner of the High Field and walking clockwise. Please avoid the section from the kiosk, which is muddy and has seeded grass to protect.
It’s been a busy year at GPP. The forest was thinned on 100 acres (not near pools) leaving fewer trees both young and old letting light on the forest floor for regeneration. We’ve almost finished creating a new trail 2 miles long around the boundary with links to the inner trails. I will post the new map on the website soon.
The Pennsylvania Society for Ornithology had their annual meeting in Williamsport last weekend and came out to Glacier Pools Preserve to do a bird walk. I’ll attach their list of birds seen. It’s astonishing. Now is the season.
This Sunday (April 7) at 1:00 a geologist and an amphibian biologist will be leading a tour at Glacier Pools Preserve. We meet at the kiosk. I can also explain and show the forest improvement project which is underway.
The solitary “lucky” native azalea is in bloom just west of the top of the yellow trail. The ladyslippers are near the throne and near the farthest pool. Wednesday might be partly sunny! Pix from yesterday.
Sunday April 22 is Earth Day and the Linn Conservancy is organizing a walking tour of Glacier Pools Preserve starting at 1:00. We’ll take a look at early spring life in the pools, which should have many clusters of salamander and frog eggs from breeding over the next weeks. Expect to walk on unpaved trails up and down gradual hills for about one mile (or more if you like.)
We are starting a project to improve the value of the forested parts of the preserve. By “value” I mean as habitat and beauty, not timber revenue. The best trees will get a little more sunlight to grow better. The potential animal habitat trees will be preserved, and there will not be activity around the pools. The income from this project will be held by the Linn Conservancy to support future maintenance of the trails and meadows. A haul road has been cut across the Wagon Road Trail, which is still open. The crossing will be easier when the road gets gravel. It leads to a clearing which will let the loggers skid to waiting trucks. There is a beautiful view, so maybe someday this will be a place to picnic. In the process of this operation we can lay out a few long trails with help from their machines.
Well, the weather is spectacular; the leaves a little less bright than the best but always wonderful. The red maple leaf picture is courtesy of Julie a few days ago, and the backlit forest is mine from today. Come and enjoy being part of the seasonal change.
The Laurel bloom is beginning and it looks like it’s a winner of a season. Many bushes are loaded with buds and some are in bloom. I’m so lucky to be in a position to visit daily and watch the progression through the woods and in various lights. Please enjoy it as you can. Here’s a shot taken yesterday.
The colony of ladyslippers is entering bloom, as is the single wild native azalea I protected last year. You can see them both by climbing the hill to the “throne”, and entering the woods at the ShortCut trail. The ladyslippers are on the right and left about 200 feet in (watch that you don’t step on the one in the trail, and don’t wander off into the patch or you’ll step on another.) Then continue on ShortCut to ‘mander Meander and turn right. The azalea is on the right with a wire fence and a bit of yellow tape. If you get to the big downhill, you went too far.
The orchid colony is shrinking, and I’m tempted to throw a little granular fertilizer on it after the bloom. Does anyone have a better idea?