Monday, June 8, 2009
Trails Day at Bog Meadow Nature Preserve
The woods along Bog Meadow Nature Trail support such lovely green shade lovers as May Apple, Maidenhair Fern, and Sensitive Fern.
(Photo by Sue Pierce)
Here are some photos my friend Sue Pierce sent of a nature walk I led June 6 at Bog Meadow Nature Trail, just east of Saratoga Springs. The trail, which is owned by the city of Saratoga Springs but watched over by Saratoga PLAN (Preserving Land And Nature), runs about two miles along an old rail bed through three distinct wetlands: open marsh, wet meadow, and forested wetland. (No true bogs, however.) We had a group of 15 or so, including many delightfully inquisitive children, and we explored a new spur of the trail now being improved by volunteers. It's a remarkable site, with well-groomed trails and many interesting plants and lots of birds and wetland denizens. I bet Sue's wonderful photos might encourage some folks to go check it out.
The children were all ears -- and good sharp eyes for finding really cool stuff along the trail. (The big kid in the red hat is me.)