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Chad’s Trail

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.

Trails Map
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Forest improvement and new trail

It

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Birds!

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

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Conservancy Tour

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.

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Orchids and azalea

The solitary

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Earth Day

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.)

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Forest Improvement

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.

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Autumn weather and leaves

Well, the weather is spectacular; the leaves a little less bright than the best but always wonderful.

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Early Laurel

The Laurel bloom is beginning and it looks like it’s

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Azalea and Ladyslippers

The colony of ladyslippers is entering bloom, as is the single wild native azalea I protected last year.